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02-10-2013, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by JT Thriller View Post
Boyle should be playing instead of Asham. If we're talking about actual value on the ice, Boyle brings a lot more to the table. Asham is the better fighter (which isn't saying much) but he's slow, lacks any offensive skill, and is at best, an average d zone player. Boyle is a faster skater (again, not saying much), can actually score every once in a while (although it has been a while), and most importantly, plays the PK.

If torts would actually play Boyle like a 4th line PK specialist we would not be having this discussion right now. Instead, Boyle's been set up to fail. Throw him on the ice for 7-10 minutes with PK time and we're fine.
I'm all for playing Boyle instead of Ash when there's no need for a fighter, but this is flat out wrong. Asham used to be a pretty good skater and compered to Boyle he's still fast. If we're talking skating with the puck the difference is even more significant.

As for chipping in goals Ash has the far better shot ainec.

It's the PK, faceoff ability and and defense that make me want to see Boyler out there instead of Asham. When it comes to offense, skating and skill Asham is the superior player (as you said. Not saying a lot).

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