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09-06-2012, 11:49 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Spokane, WA.
How Acquired: Drafted 101st overall, 2005
Analysis: Jared Boll returns as the longest tenured player on the roster, and will almost have to improve his role in some way to retain his spot for much longer. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Jared was raised mostly in Crystal Lake, Ill. Choosing to go the US collegiate route originally, Jared eventually turned down an offer to play at the University of Minnesota-Duluth to play for the OHL's Plymouth Whalers. The Jackets took a flyer on him and Jared debuted with the team in 2007 and has been here ever since. Though not big enough to be a heavyweight in the NHL, he has certainly shown the willingness to take on any combatant to stick up for his teammates, which has become the trademark of his career thus far. Jared is the type of player that every coach likes to have on the bench, as he keeps the opposition honest.
Pros: Size, willing to drop the gloves, middle name is Rittenhouse
Cons: Skating, hands of stone, should attempt to learn a different role or two.
Realistic Expectations: Expect Jared to play on the team's fourth line and possibly battle to stay in the lineup from time to time. With the team's new-found gritty attitude, it will be necessary to have an enforcer in the lineup in case the games get chippy, though there are some guys coming up in the system that will be ready to step into the same role (and do it cheaper, and with likely more upside) in the coming seasons. For Jared to retain his spot, he will almost definitely need to add either a scoring touch or improved two-way play.
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