Since bursting on the scene with a 48-point rookie season, Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has staged one of the most dramatic statistical collapses in recent NHL memory.
He slipped 37 points the following season, then 23 points in 55 games 2011-12 and just eight in 39 games last season. Try as he might, long-time Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff could not revive.
Now Ron Rolston is giving it a try. The two developed a positive working relationship after Rolston replaced Ruff on the Sabres bench.
“For me, I thought it went really well with Ron the way we communicated with each other,” Myers told WGR 550 radio. "He was really positive with me, and the bottom line is I've got to be a lot better than I was this year. I think Ron helped out with that since he came in, I thought I got better towards the end of the year.”
Myers actually worked on his conditioning over the summer, hoping to reverse his epic slide. It will be interesting chart his progress – or lack thereof – as the Sabres hit their restart button.
Here are some other prominent players hoping to reverse their statistical slide this season:
Corey Perry, W, Anaheim Ducks: After peaking at 50 goals in 2010-11, he dropped to 37 goals in 2011-12 and just 15 in 44 games last season. But he got an eight-year, $69 million contract extension in March, so he and Ryan Getzlaf will continue their longstanding offensive partnership.
Patrick Marleau, W, San Jose Sharks: His point production dipped from 83 points to 73, 64 and then just 31 points in 48 games last season. But he stepped with five goals and three assists in 11 playoff games. It will be interesting to see where he fits into an offense increasingly driven by Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski.
Daniel Sedin, W, San Jose Sharks: From 104 points in 2010-11, he slid to 67 points in 72 games and 40 points in 47 games the last twos seasons. We can’t wait to see how he likes playing for taskmaster coach John Tortorella, who will expect him to kill penalties and block shots.
Paul Stastny, C, Colorado Avalanche: He scored 79 points in 2009-10, reaching the 70-point plateau for the third time in four seasons. Since then he has scored 57 points in 74 games, 53 points in 79 games and 24 points in 40 games. New coach Patrick Roy hopes to revive him as the No. 2 center by moving Ryan O’Reilly to the wing.
Ales Hemsky, W, Edmonton Oilers: He scored at almost a point-per-game pace from 2007-11, despite battling various injuries. Then he dropped to 36 points in 69 games in 2011-12 and 20 points in 38 games last season. The Oilers had him on the trade block late last season, but then pulled him back when nobody wanted to take on his contract.
Drew Doughty, D, Los Angeles Kings: His point production has slid from 59 points to 40, 36 and 22 in 48 games last season. One of Darryl Sutter’s persistent challenges is getting Doughty to play like Doughty on a more consistent basis.
David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues: He remains a respected shutdown defensive center, but his offense has deteriorated rather dramatically the past few years. His goals have plunged from 31 to 24 to just six in 48 games last season. After scoring eight power-play goals in 2011-12, he scored only one last season.
Tomas Plekanec, C, Montreal Canadiens: His run as a legitimate No. 1 center was brief. His point production has plunged from 70 points to 57 points, 52 points (with a minus-15 rating) and 33 last season in 47 games during the last three seasons.