Free Agent Talk (Part XIV): Semin to Carolina; Doan still thinking
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07-27-2012, 12:52 PM
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Ok, I'll bite. How many goals/points do you think a 3rd line center should have?
Then let's look around the league and see how many actual 3rd line centers reached that mark.
Boyle has a role on this team, I just don't think he should be playing 16 mins a night up the middle when he doesnt create plays, is marginal on d-zone faceoffs and turns the puck over.
From a 3rd line center standpoint, I dont care about stats as much as I care about creating plays for your wingers, winning key defensive zone faceoffs more times than not, and not turning the puck over.
Boyle is great at using his body, blocking shots and getting a quick shot off. The problem is that offensively, he's rarely doing much of anything on the ice.
A 3rd line center should be able to do a bit of both on a consistent basis. Boyle didnt for almost a full season.
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