Brian Boyle (The "He just plain sucks" Edition)
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02-11-2013, 12:17 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
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This. Boyle's a very good 4th liner and will be useful down the stretch. Anyone judging the situation based on the last 2 games clearly forgot how big a part of our first place team he was last season and how vital he was in the playoffs when we made it 2 games from the Stanley Cup.
Most people are not judging based on two games; although there is a clear difference with the way our new 4th line pressures the opposition and doesn't spend so much time bogged down in our zone. We will see if that continues against different competition.
But let's not blow out of proportion Brian's contribution. He played well against Ottawa; not great. He scored some which raised people's opinion of his play but he still mishandled pucks more often than not; failed to clear pucks which led to a shot blocking clinic by the entire team and was as guilty as anyone is our difficulty getting into the offensive zone. After he came back from his injury he was not good at all. And hasn't been since. As a 4th liner he is fine, but we may be witnessing that he is easily replaced and that it is not that difficult to appear to be a PK specialist with Hank and our top 4 D behind you.
I've always felt that his PK accolades were overdone. His faceoffs are good; not great. His quickness is non existent (he takes forever to change direction; you can see how having Cally, Powe and Hags on the PK really changes things) and his puck skills and success in 50/50 battles are weak. But he does block shots and he does break up passes with his long reach. So, he's a good penalty killer but not great by any means.
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