O'Boyle Rules (the Brian Boyle predicament)
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01-14-2012, 08:56 AM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
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The problem is that he's not exceptional in anything else. You said earlier that he is "playing great," and then named a bunch of things that he does. The problem with that assessment is that all of those things that he does (battling, keeping the puck down low, etc.)...he's not actually great, or even particularly good at any of them. He's serviceable. Decent. Not a liability.
I don't have a problem with that line getting a lot of minutes last night. I have a problem with Boyle getting a lot of minutes. The reason that line was having the success that it did had a lot more to do with the two guys on the wing, the guys who have that effect most nights, regardless of their linemates. It's not that Boyle played poorly, it's that it was more like he was along for the ride. I don't mind that Hagelin and Feds got a lot of ice time. I can understand that. They make stuff happen. Boyle...not so much.
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