Boyle Heads To Manchester To Develop A Bit Of A Mean Streak

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Despite the fact that Los Angeles Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi said that center Brian Boyle had a job to lose going into the Kings’ 2008-08 training camp, Boyle has done just that, as he was assigned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (Kings’ primary minor league affiliate) on Sunday.

The 23-year-old center scored a goal with twelve penalty minutes in 14 games with the Kings this season. Although he was not expected to put up huge offensive numbers, Boyle was expected to be a strong checking forward who could punish opponents, or at least move them off the puck using his 6-7, 252-pound frame. But more often than not, he was not the strong, physical presence the Kings expected him to be on a consistent basis and will now head back to Manchester to work on becoming a more physical player with a bit of a mean streak.

Boyle returns to a team with which he scored 31 goals (led all AHL rookies) and added 31 assists for 62 points with 87 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games last season with the Monarchs.

Boyle also had an eight-game stint with the Kings last season, scoring four goals and adding an assist for five points.

Boyle was selected by the Kings in the first round (26th overall) of the 2003 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

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  1. Sounds like Boyle may have to overcome the results of GOOD PARENTING (you know, the kind that teaches you to be fair, not to be a bully, not to take advantage of those smaller & weaker, etc).

    He’s going to have to try and become more of a “bully” who pushes opposing players around to achieve good position
    near the net.

    If he doesn’t become more aggressive, he will be a
    marginal NHL player.

    WITH more aggression, he could be a good offensive player in the NHL and make million$$$ more than he would WITHOUT that extra “thump” in his game.

    It’s all up to Brian now.

    I think he’s gonna’ come through.

    He didn’t come this far to give up on the dream now, I’ll guess.
    –Sergei Prozacutov

  2. Sergei – Who sold you this mess of pottage? What does being mean have to do with scoring? When did Frolov ever intimidate his way to goal? Size IS an asset in hockey but it doesn’t have to be used “aggressively.” Ron Francis, Pierre Turgeon, Mario Lemieux – All great large players. Joe Thornton, Rick Nash, Jaromir Jagr – Huge men who use their size to protect the puck and create space.

    This philosophy the Kings are selling is idiotic. Play the kid in a position in which he can use his size to his advantage, like with some decent linemates, and we might see a star emerge. Boyle seems to have the brain to take it to the next level as he’s done it before. Unfortunately, Terry Murray doesn’t seem to have the brains for the modern game.

  3. From the looks of staples, Kings fans are an endangered species. Is it as bad as it looks from the couch? Actually, attendance is weak everywhere. The NHL looks like they’re hoping Avery can change that.

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