The 2016-17 season wasn’t an easy one for Jets defenseman Tyler Myers.
The 27-year-old was limited to just 11 games because of a nagging groin injury that just didn’t want to go away. It was the first time in his NHL career that he was forced to sit out that long.
The good news, is that he appears to be fully healthy heading into this season.
“It was a tough recovery and a long road, but we got through it. I’m feeling good now and it’s exciting for me to be back on the ice with the guys,” said Myers, per the Winnipeg Sun. “You just have to put last year behind you and I don’t feel like it’s going to take too long to get back into the swing of things.”
On top of going through his own physical ailments, the Myers family was dealt another blow when their son, Tristan, was born five weeks prematurely and suffered a stroke.
Thankfully, Tristan’s now doing well, according to his father, and things are looking up for the entire family.
“There were so many things going on last year. I was getting treatment and then the personal stuff came up. It was a very strange year, but it was never in my mind that I wasn’t going to get back. I always knew I’d get back to this point. It just took a little bit longer, given what was going on.”
The Jets didn’t make the playoffs last season, but they have one of the deepest blue lines in the league heading into this season.
Myers is part of a group that includes Dustin Byfulgien, Toby Enstrom, Jacob Trouba, Josh Morrissey and Dmitry Kulikov, who signed with Winnipeg in free agency.
If the Jets miss the postseason again, it won’t be because of their blue line.
Getting back to Myers, it sounds like he’ll be making his preseason debut tonight against the Oilers: