Brian Boyle (The "He just plain sucks" Edition)
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02-11-2013, 12:36 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.
Seriously... trolling. But I'll bite anyway.
Last year, in 1017 minutes of play, he was on the ice for only 38 goals all season drawing some of the toughest matchups. Only 28.8% of his shifts began in the offensive zone. One goal every 26 minutes. Patrice Bergeron, the Selke Winner, was on the ice for 34 ES goals in 1154 minutes of playing time, also against tough competition. 47.6% of his starts in the offensive zone. One goal every 34 minutes.
Boyle was on the ice for only 10 goals against short handed in 163 minutes of penalty killing time. Compare that to Patrice Bergeron's 17 goals against in 146 minutes of pk time.
Boyle's defensive statistics are comparable to Bergeron's, although Bergeron is obviously the far superior all around player, which is who the Selke typically will go to. I'm just focusing on defense here. Objective stats say that Boyle is a standout defensive center.
I'm not a fan of Boyle as a third line player, but that doesn't mean I don't see where his value lies.
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