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02-12-2013, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Bardof425 View Post
On the pk because of his experience you cannot compare Miller to Boyle. However, at ES Boyle is extremely overrated defensively. Miller is a much better skater and it appears from what I've seen in three games, in Hartford and in the WJC he is smart and patient with the puck irregardless of the level his is playing at. I think you give Boyle way too much credit for his ES defensive game. And I think Torts agrees with me.
Miller is responsible in his own end, especially for a rook. Nobody is arguing that Miller has not been performing well, and then Boyler has been completely ineffective the first quarter of this shortened season. BUT when both play to their abilities, they play different roles and Boyler is the shut down guy. He plays in his own end a lot because he is out there for defensive faceoffs against the other teams best offensive players. Not sure how you expect a defensive shut down player to play a puck posession game against the Crosbys, Tavareses, Eliases of the world? Especially when they start in their own end.

Boyle needs to play at the level that he is able, which he has not done so far this season, but he is a critical cog for this organization.

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