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04-12-2013, 06:03 AM
Join Date: Oct 2010
The problem with the perception of Boyle is what I'd like to call "the Boyle factor".
Granted, Brian doesn't have the best hands or offensive instincts. But I'd say the most significant factor that causes Boyle to neuter the production of his linemates is situational usage.
Torts loves to use Boyle in defensive situations, and his Off Zone Start % is a very low 37.7%. Hagelin was scoring at a very good pace at ES and had an OZS% of ~55-60% while leading the team in Corsi Rel. before being put with Boyle, it has now declined to 49.1 while his Corsi Rel. has dropped from ~18 to 12.
It is just a fact that whatever line Boyle is on will struggle to score consistently due to starting out in their own end most of the time.
I'd put him on LW with defensive FO duties on a line with Brass and Cally who both score most of their points on the PP and aren't consistent offensive threats at ES. This allows Hagelin who used to be one of our top ES scorers to be put back into an offensive role, either with Step and Nash, or with Richards and Clowe.
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