Brian Boyle (The "He just plain sucks" Edition)
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02-11-2013, 01:48 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
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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.
These stats are nice and if Bergeron and Boyle played on the same team it would matter alot more. The Bruins had some tough times last year while we were solid throughout. Having Hank and our top 4 D behind BB definitely helps. I think you'd have a hard time finding "bad" defensive stats for more than a small handful of last year's Ranger team. We just didn't give up that many goals.
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