Brian Boyle (The "He just plain sucks" Edition)
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02-11-2013, 11:51 AM
Two Pucks, One Cup
Join Date: Dec 2005
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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.
I look at it this way -- if you watch a Rangers game on mute or on CBC (if youre lucky), and you are an objective hockey fan, you will not be impressed with Boyle unless its a very specific game situation like a faceoff of a PK -- and not every one.
Someone on this board compared him to Joel Otto last year. Proof that Micheletti is a member around these parts.
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