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01-11-2012, 03:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Zenith View Post
Crucial? No. Important? Absolutely. But that's just semantics.

The fact of the matter is that they are effective role players on an elite hockey team. They deserve their ice time, even with their lack of offensive production. Honestly, Boyle's struggles have been greatly exaggerated this season. He may not be finishing, but he is inarguably generating plenty of legitimate chances. I thin'kk he'll even out. His shooting % will increase, and I believe he can still be a 10-15 goal scorer. Just a matter of bounces.
his struggles have not been exaggerated. He is terrible in the offensive zone. he generates almost nothing and he ruins almost all developing plays with his terrible instincts, nonexistent creativity and stone hands. He can play defense and that is valuable; ON THE 4th LINE.

Unless he gets a run of luck where pucks bounce in off his shin guard or he gets tap ins he will never score 10 goals again. He is a brutal offensive player. But that's not his role and Torts needs to move him to the 4th line where he belongs so he can expect offensive production from his entire top 9 forwards.

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