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06-05-2009, 09:59 PM
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Fair enough, but I was merely pointing out that Boyle is likely being mishandled by the Kings. He has shown that he can score in limited time in the NHL and does have a decent two-way game; what the Kings feel he's lacking is some personality trait that seems absent from him. Until they let him play within what he has already shown he can do, we will never get a true idea of what he could become.
Hence the Eric Daze comparison: did Chicago bench him because he was softer than guys half his size? No, they made great use of that great shot and great hands and let him become a soft-for-his-size 40-goal-scorer. It's fairly obvious that the Kings will not settle for that, so I'd like to see another team give him a shot.
Hey I agree he's probably worth a shot to another team. I just don't think Boston is that team. To me, it would have to be a not very good team that is thin in scoring and is willing to play him on the 2nd line with skilled players.
It's kind of like Peverly. It made sense for Atlanta to take a chance on him and give him PT, but if SJ had picked him up he would have been relegated to 4th line duty at best.
That's why I'm concerned that he hasn't gotten a sustained opportunity in LA. LA has certainly been eager to give young players lots of ice time and pp time. In fact, I'd argue that they've given some young players more pp time than they actually deserve. No disrespect to Doughty, but he got a TON of PP time and didn't really produce. Hey he was 18 and you can't expect him to, but that's kinda my point. LA was willing to give a young unproven player prime pp minutes in order to let him grow because they knew they weren't contenders anyway.
The fact that they weren't willing to do the same with Boyle is a BIG warning sign to me.
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