Brian Boyle (The "He just plain sucks" Edition)
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02-11-2013, 12:34 PM
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I'm not a hater. Based on what I see him do I can label you as having a man crush and not being objective in any way. What part of my evaluation is off the mark? Is he good in the trenches? Does he handle the puck well? Is he excellent of faceoffs? Is he quick to change direction? Instead of telling me how good he is tell me what he does well. And not "he's a shutdown center" or "he's a defensive standout". Those statement are all very subjective. Now to be fair so are the things I am saying but I don't see you disputing my assessment except to say that I don't like him. I like all Rangers. But I can be disappointed by their play. that's what's happening here.
He is good at faceoffs (something this team needs)
He throws the body
He can play against other teams top lines and be effective
he is good along the boards
strong on the puck
Good Penalty Killer
Can chip in offensively for a fourth liner
What i think a lot of people are missing, is since joining the rangers, Boyle has been playing more than a third line role, because our depth has not been great. With the emergence of kreider and more recently Miller, Boyle can now go to his rightful place on the fourth line, where he can be an invaluable asset. I'm not one to mess with chemistry, so right now, things should be left the way they are, but to act like boyle is worthless is ridiculous. Or that he should be dumped for a 3rd/4th rounder is even worse. Last week you called him an AHL player, which makes me doubt your view on the game completely.
I've been disappointed in Boyle's play this season, because it hasn't been up to par. But having watched him for 2+ seasons, i'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he will come back to his form.
And if you think his play in the ottawa series was overrated because of the few goals he scored, then you need to go re-watch those games. I went to the games and re-watched them after i got back home, at many points, he was the only guy who seemed to be trying. He was throwing huge hits and playing great defensively, while providing offense and taking nearly all of our important faceoffs.
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