Yesterday, Blue Line Station took a look at Artem Anisimov and his contributions and expectations towards the New York Rangers, to day is Brian Boyle, another younger centerman who’s made strides while in a Rangers sweater.
Actually there should be an asterisk next to the word strides. From his first season with the New York Rangers to his second season, Brian Boyle saw a 425% increase in his goals. In the 2009-2010 season, Boyle scored only 4 goals in 71 games but in the 2010-2011 season, after working on his speed and skating, Boyle managed to push that number 21 goals. But that success, it didn’t carry over and the Rangers really paid dearly for it.
Now I’m not implying that Brian Boyle is a make or break player but going from 21 goals in 2010-2011 to only 11 goals (47% decrease) in this past season does affect a team that don’t have high scoring games. One goal is a huge difference when final score is 1-0 or 2-1.
Boyle has seen an increase in his assists, but not enough to make up for his lack of goals. 2 assists to 14 assists to 15 is a nice trend, but not good enough to make me forget his goal scoring troubles.
If there was one word to sum up Brian Boyle, it would be heart. The guy has a ton of it, but sadly it doesn’t translate constantly out on the ice. And as important heart is to have while playing hockey, it’s not the sole piece that’s going to win you games. Boyle has two years left on his contract. Two years to remind the Rangers why he was offered a three year deal for $5,100,000.
I’m not saying that Boyle’s rebound needs to see him putting up 30 goals, but a return to 20 goals would be beneficial for both his future and the New York Rangers.
And yes, I know that Boyle is a big guy, but please. Guys doing the national broadcasts, please stop expecting Boyle to throw down the gloves and start swinging. Did you miss his “fight” with Matt Carkner in the first round of the playoffs? He curled up in a ball on the ice and took a beating. Ended up with a concussion! Boyle will never earn time on the ice by fighting, his only hope is to rebound offensively or say good bye to him at the end of next year.
And my comments yesterday about Anisimov and watching how much I say negative about him as I celebrate other players? Yes, Boyle is one of those players that I need to remember isn’t as awesome as I paint him to be.
Do I want to see Brian Boyle in a New York Rangers sweater? Yes, but I rather see them lift the Cup more. Contribute offensively or go home.
Lets Go Rangers