Kelowna Rockets defenceman Tyler Myers, the MVP of the Western Hockey League playoffs, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday.
The six-foot-eight Myers was selected 12th overall by the Sabres in last year's NHL entry draft.
He registered a career-best 42 points (nine goals) with a plus-31 rating in 58 regular season games, then another 20 points (five goals) with a plus-13 rating in 22 post-season contests to lead the Rockets to the WHL title and a berth in the Memorial Cup.
"He is a big, strong player who has excellent hockey skills for a 19-year-old player," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement. "We're glad to have him signed and look forward to his continued development both on and off the ice."
Myers, who was born in Houston and now makes his home in Calgary, also helped Team Canada win the gold medal at this year's world junior championship in Ottawa, where he scored one goal in seven games.