I don't think Boyle is a bad player, an AHL player, or trade fodder.
But right now, he is not playing as well as he needs to in order to be in this lineup.
We know Torts. He's going to put out the twelve forwards he thinks is going to give them the best chance to win. Miller came out and earned his second game. Halpern earned his spot. Kreider earned his spot. Cally is coming back, and is the 4th best forward on the team, so you know he's playing. Boyle hasn't looked engaged. Hopefully this wakes him up.
Honestly, I'm in shock at how this lineup looks. It looks GOOD. A lot depends on the play of a 19 year old in his 2nd NHL game, but if his first game is any indicator, it's a good thing.
I'm excited to see these 4 lines.
i agree boyle/stepan have been pretty bad this year. Stepan better up his game and stop fanning on wide open shots