You know today something hit me that noone else seems to notice. Alot is made of Brian Boyle's lack of assists but don't you think that has less to do with Brian Boyle, and more to do with who he's played with this season? Look I love Feds and Prusty, but neither of them is Alex Ovechkin in the goals department. Last night he was lucky enough to be on the ice with Gaborik just briefly, and sure enough Boyle tallied an assist in that short time.
It has more to do with his playing style/mentality than linemates. He's perfect with Prust because they play a great puck possession game with their determination to retrieve pucks. However Boyle is not a natural distributor or set up guy. The assist on Gaborik's goal was a floater on net from the point.
So on one hand, of course he would get more assists if he was on a line with a 40 goal scorer. But on the other hand, with a healthy lineup he'd be much more effective for our team on a crash and bang line with Prust.
You guys still think #22 is only getting a million next year? lol
I could see him getting a Matt Moulson type salary bump if he makes it to 25+ goals... before his contract ran out last year, Moulson was making $575,000 -- he got bumped up to a one-year $2.45 mill contract. Brian Boyle is currently making $550,000.
Every game Boyle does something else to impress. Tonight was no different. I've been wanting the Rangers to have a big guy in front of the net on the PP for a long time. Now I have my wish. The guy is gonna be good at this.
On a team with Marian Gaborik and a history of loading up with offensive stars, it is perhaps shocking that Brian Boyle is leading the New York Rangers in goals.
Who the heck is Brian Boyle, you ask? Apart from a six-foot-seven, 252-pound behemoth, Boyle is the kind of come-out-nowhere player every team in the salary cap era needs, especially if it fancies itself a playoff contender.
With a salary cap hit of $525,000, Boyle’s goals (through games Jan. 21), cost the Rangers an NHL low $35,000 each. Compare that to Marc Savard, whose two goals have cost the Bruins $2,003,500 (based on a $4,007,000 cap hit).
And he’s remarkably productive, given his time on ice. Every minute he’s played has cost the Rangers (based on salary cap) a mere $724.05. Compare that to the $16,236.47 per minute his teammate, Derek Boogard makes.
Heading into Tuesday’s games, Boyle has 17 goals, tied with Brandon Dubinsky for the team lead. At 26, and most likely overlooked in every fantasy draft in the past three years, he is a classic late-bloomer.
Drafted in 2003 in the first round by the L.A. Kings, he spent four full seasons in Boston College before emerging as a non-descript pro.
He had 31 goals with the Manchester Monarchs in 2006-07, but couldn’t duplicate his success at the NHL level. The Rangers traded the Kings a third-round pick for Boyle. Coming into this season, he had 12 goals in 107 games.
Now 26, Boyle is finally breaking through.
“I’m not surprised he’s a late developer,” says Jerry York, Boyle’s coach at Boston College. “It took him a while to become dominant player at the prep school level and at the college level, until his third and fourth years.
“At the pro game, it’s the same thing. It took him a while to develop there. But he’s become a dominant player in all facets of his game, his size and speed.”