: Larry Brooks:
If Drury returns, he could help Rangers on draws
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04-18-2011, 02:05 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Elmira NY
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I'm amused because I was at the game and after he loses the draw Boyle is invisible on the PP. He is not good enough on his skates to maintain a screen in front of the net and when he does pick up a loose puck he has no idea what to do with it. His open ice skating has improved and he is stronger along the boards than in past years but he doesn't get wide enough in front of the net to maintain that presence. Drury is very good at planting himself in front and he has the instincts and hands to finish a play if it presents itself (like Cally). Boyle? Not so much. And do not downplay the value of winning the draw since under current rules, the first faceoff is always in the attacking zone. We never even tire the other teams Pk out by keeping the puck in the zone largely because we have been losing the majority of draws.
The fact that he had 9 shots is a function of his hard work and the hard work of his linemates not his prowess with the man advantage. You know there's a flip side to getting alot of shots when you don't score especially when he was set up in the blue with time to angle his stick and not shoot the puck directly into Neuvirth's pad; which he did. Again, Boyle has a role. It is not as an offensive player and certainly not on the PP.
I'm sorry but both Boyle and Drury have the role that their coach gives them. Boyle's role is larger. You might not like it but you're not Tortorella or Sullivan. They gave the pwp time to Boyle after some of our more skilled guys didn't get the job done. They didn't give it to Drury. He's been given him a different role--primarily focused around winning faceoffs and Drury has done a good job with that. You and several others are assuming that Drury can still put the puck in the net quite often but the last couple years we've seen very little of that. Perhaps other skills besides his skating have eroded a bit as well? Just a thought anyway.
9 shots on goal in 18 + minutes of ice time against a team that had given us fits in the first two games--a team that is the best regular season in the east. Try to explain it away any way you like but that's a pretty damned good performance even against the worst team in the league. BTW third liner Boyle led the Rangers in shots on goal in the regular season--218. He leads them so far in the playoffs with 15. The reason he's getting the ice time is because he's become one of our most effective players.
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