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05-02-2013, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Matt4776 View Post
Give me a break. That is not why people dislike Boyle.

Boyle is not only useless in the offensive zone, but he also isn't physical (despite being 6'7) and I think is overrated defensively. He's a good PKer and can block shots, but I don't see any extreme defensive instincts (like a Stepan) or physical abilities that may be able to make up for lack of instincts (like a Hagelin) in Boyle. He's a soft, big guy that takes up space and can block shots. He's also good at FOs.

Most people who "hate" Boyle love him for what he should be used for- a fourth line center and PKer who could be bumped up in case of injury, Not a consistent top-9 winger who ruins all chemistry on whatever line he's on.
Boyle should watch Callahan... I bet if Boyle played like Callahan even without the offense he wouldn't be hated as much... if Boyle worked on his skating again it might help. Imagine if Boyle hit like Callahan.

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