When you stand six-foot-eight in sock feet, huge ends up being part of your description. " Certainly, with as long a reach I have, as long a stick, I want to make that an advantage for me," Myers stated. "The faster I can close on people, the faster I can get my stand out there and try and get a stick on the puck."

For many of his profession the 229-pound Myers has been more of a finesse player, however considering that signing with the Canucks last summer season as a free agent he's tried to become more physical.

"There are situations where I'm able to reach up until now, I'm able to get stick on puck (and) there may not be that opportunity to engage the body," stated the 29-year-old who was born in Houston, Tex., however grew up in Calgary. "I seem like as my career has actually gone on I've gotten more physical.

"Especially this year I tried to execute that in my game a little bit more. I think it's a big part of our identity here in Vancouver, playing a physical video game and making it tough for other teams to get into tighter locations."

At six-foot-eight, Vancouver defenceman Tyler Myers is not hard to choose on the ice.(Getty Images)Myers concerned the Canucks after five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets. In 47 video games with Vancouver he has four objectives, 7 helps and 58 hits while balancing 21 minutes, 41 seconds in ice time. He is 2nd on the group with 72 blocked shots and 29 takeaways.

Making the transition from how the Jets played to the Canucks' way of doing things hasn't constantly been smooth.

"Coming in you do not understand how much a different system can be implanted in your muscle memory," he stated. "You don't understand just how much you are simply used to doing other things.

"There is an adjustment you have to concentrate on psychologically. You need to see some video and try and make that change as quick as possible."

On the ice, Myers doesn't make flashy plays like novice defenceman Quinn Hughes, but he's had a role in the Canucks ending up being a legitimate playoff competitor.

"He's added a lot," veteran defenceman Chris Tanev stated. "He's a truly big rangy man, skates truly well. He has some offence in his game and gets up the ice.

"He's a wise gamer. He's a big man with a long stick and an actually good stick. He does a lot of things the average fans does not see. How he changes plays just by his stick placement or knocking pucks out of the air."

Some fans were critical when the Canucks signed Myers to a five-year, $30-million United States contract. The criticism grew louder when he didn't score a goal till 29 video games into the season.

Ever since, Myers scored two objectives and added a help in a Dec. 29 win over Calgary and notched the video game winner in a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers on Jan. 4.

"It always feels excellent to rating," Myers said. "To do it on a new team brings a little extra feeling."

Myers was picked 12th total by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 draft. He played all 82 video games during the 2009-10 season where he scored 11 goals and 37 points and won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's leading novice.

Those were the most objectives and helps Myers has registered in a season. He shrugged when asked if his rookie campaign may have raised expectations over his scoring ability.

Myers's 66-inch long stick makes it challenging for opposing forwards to browse. (Getty Images)

"Tough to say," he stated. "That was a very long time earlier. I do not understand if that is a question for me."

Myers played 5 complete seasons in Buffalo prior to being traded to Winnipeg in February 2015 in a deal that sent out Evander Kane to the Sabres.

During his time with the Jets, where a lower-body injury limited him to just 11 video games throughout the 2016-17 season, Myers had 29 goals and 85 assists while averaging 21:40 minutes of ice per video game.

Canucks coach Travis Green likes the size Myers has actually brought to the Vancouver back end plus his capability to play on the power play.

"I don't believe we discuss (Myers) like he's got to get 40 to 50 points," Green said. "We simply want him to play good solid hockey and the points will come.

"I keep in mind there was a time 10 or 15 video games into the season when he hadn't scored. I pulled him aside and told him he was playing actually well, do not stress about the goals and assists. Simply play great strong hockey and good things will occur."

Myers understands his contract brings expectations.

"Coming into a brand-new group you want to do well," he said. "You attempt to get out of eviction quick.

"Coming into this year I've had the experience of being around for a while. I know how to handle things. I approach each video game the exact same method I have the last couple of years."

At six-foot-eight, Vancouver defenceman Tyler Myers is not hard to select out on the ice.(Getty Images)Myers came to the Canucks after 5 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets."It constantly feels excellent to score," Myers stated. Those were the most objectives and assists Myers has signed up in a season."I don't think we talk about (Myers) like he's got to get 40 to 50 points," Green said.