Seeing those moves by McD highlights what a waste it is to have him run around in his own end with Girardi 5v5. Let the also good, but less offensively skilled Staal handle that assignment and pair McD with Strålman who has been the best defenceman in the league at getting the team into the offensive zone and stay there.
Why the hell is this idiot Boyle still on the team?
Because he's good.
Boyle’s zone starts aren’t anything new that we haven’t discussed before. Boyle starts just 20.4% of his shifts in the offensive zone, and a whopping 43.9% of his starts in the defensive zone. That’s second behind Dominic Moore, but Moore has seen just 98 face offs at even strength. Boyle: 221 face offs.
We can also look at CF%, where Boyle stands at 51.1% and manages to drive puck possession despite his usage in the defensive zone. This is very impressive, and puts him ahead of players like Ryan Callahan, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh.