Brian Boyle (The "He just plain sucks" Edition)
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02-11-2013, 03:58 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
The fact that the guy ended up in the press box for a while is totally justified and he should stay there until somebody else deserves to take his place. He has not begun the season well at all. That said, I believe Boyler is one of the better defensive centers in the game and can also chip in with about 40 points in a full season. He is incredibly valuable to this organization from a penalty killing, defensive work against the other team's best players, and the occasional offensive hot streak perspective. With the scorers this team possesses, Boyler is NOT expected to chip in consistently, but instead provide secondary offense from time to time. I am not sure what you guys expect from a defensive center who plays against the other team's best offensive players, but up until this season, he has typically produced exactly what I look for. If you are looking for 60 points from Boyle, I believe you want a top six player on the third line. Yes, that would make the New York Rangers unbeatable, but virtually no teams in the league have the luxury of having that kind of player on their third line. And if they do, he is usually a defensive liability or not used against other team's top players the way a checking center should be.
The one piece of his game that MUST improve is in the dot. He needs to win 60% of his faceoffs. It seems like every draw he takes in the defensive zone is lost and causes half of the blocked shots that he or Cally or Danny have to lay down and take damage for.
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