The only downside is that Boyle is the third line center.
Assuming AV intends to continue to utilize the third line as a checking line with primarily defensive zone starts, I don't view Boyle as a horrendous option. The bigger issue is the available wingers--Pouliot and Zuccarello don't have any place on a checking line.
Definitely. People keep bringing up 11-12 Richie, but anyone who watched him a lot pre-concussion knows 11-12 Richie want even close to what he was. His play was camouflaged by a hot Rangers team and a Spring tear that was more in line with his pre-concussion play.
Every time Pouliot gets the puck, he either runs it into an opposing player and loses it, or he just gives it to them. And people are wondering why Zuccarello isn't producing. At least Zuccarello produces turnovers and forechecking with a ton of effort.
If we could roll that, plus a 3rd line getting approx 12 mins a night of
would people be ok with it?
Even assuming these guys were all ready and you wanted to play three rookies together, this really does not comport with the cornerstone of AV's coaching--zone starting. He is going to utilize a line for defensive purposes so that his top two lines see primarily offensive zone starts. Neither that Stepan line nor that Brassard line is designed to eat those defensive zone starts, which leaves you needing to build such a line.