Brad Boyes: 2010-2011 Report Card

It's time to put the finishing touches on the 2010-2011 season for the Buffalo Sabres. Here is a complete report card of every single player that played any amount of time with the Sabres this season. The journey will begin with Luke Adam and conclude in a month with Mike Weber. Thanks to Japers Rink and Mile High Hockey for the inspiration.

Step right up Brad Boyes.


Brad Boyes

#22 / Right Wing / Buffalo Sabres

6-0

204

Apr 17, 1982

Contract Situation: Cap hit of $925,000 and his salary will shrink to $4 million next season

2010 Grade: Unavailable



2011 Statistics GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT

Regular Season (St. Louis)

Regular Season (Buffalo)

Postseason

62

21

7

12

5

1

29

9

0

41

14

1

11

2

-2

30

6

0

4

2

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

0

0

0

132

46

14

9.1

10.9

7.1


Lowdown: Dainius Zubrus, Steve Bernier, Dominic Moore, and Raffi Torres; otherwise known as the four tragic trade deadline acquisitions before Brad Boyes. A smart forward, the 29-year-old enjoys giving goalies fits with his shooting and his touch is suitable for laying off smooth passes. Like it or not, where there is Boyes, there is often inquisitions. In particular, the 76 goals in two years with St. Louis followed by 31 goals in the ensuing two seasons put general managers on the look out. Nevertheless, Boyes endeared himself to supporters of the Buffalo Sabres quickly, slowly lost their confidence, and went AWOL in the playoffs.

Key Stat: For shots on goal, 200 is the magic number because Boyes does wonders for his team when he surpasses that mark. Starting with his rookie season in Boston and not to mention his two extraordinary years with the Blues, the former Toronto Maple Leaf draft pick rode momentum by testing netminders more than 200 times. This season, Boyes' total was merely 178 shots; a personal low in four years of service.

Did You Know? Obviously, 55 points wasn't the worst of finishes. If Boyes stayed put in St. Louis, his 41 points in 62 games put him on pace for 54 points and his 14 points in 21 contests with Buffalo also set him up for a destination of 54 points. Alas, some consistent numbers from the faltering sniper.

Moment Of Fame: Claiming an overtime winner in Boston on March 10. A clash of two teams vying for playoff positioning saw the Sabres overcome a two-goal deficit and Boyes gladly punished the Bruins with the game-winning goal. Although, in fairness to Nathan Gerbe, he did just about everything to create something out of nothing. Really, Boyes couldn't have missed.

Moment Of Shame: A late tally in Game Seven did little besides serve as a reminder that we were being treated to Boyes' only contribution of the postseason. Based on his April pedigree, it's understandable that he has represented four clubs in seven years, as he can come off as an isolated figure.

Thumbs Up: Quite a shame that Boyes couldn't take part in a shootout with Buffalo because he is as cool as they come in these circumstances, going 5-for-8 in St. Louis and 22-for-40 lifetime while out West. With his experience as a winger and center, versatility allows Lindy Ruff to shuffle him up on various lines in either position. Holds himself from paying the penalty in the box rather nicely, as his six minutes would have equaled a manageable 23 minutes in a full campaign. Does significant damage on the powerplay, where he is afforded extra room and time to position himself for a one-timer or as a distributing source. Held a good plus-minus and was decent in the faceoff circle, but has room to better himself.

Thumbs Down: Puzzles coaches, general managers, and fans. Was in elite company a few years ago, as his 43 markers were only beaten out by Evgeni Malkin, Jarome Iginla, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Alexander Ovechkin. Outscored by Matt Cooke and Colby Armstrong two years later, as he resembled a ghost of his previous self. Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves an enigma. Being defensively and physically soft doesn't help the tolerance barometer of the sorely shrunken offensive production. Demoted to the fourth line with Mike Grier and Cody McCormick, as Ruff ran out of patience eventually. While the postseason results were a blip for Boyes, next season will help supporters see if he is a hero or a villain for Buffalo.

Voting: On a scale of one to ten, one being the lowest and ten being the highest, grade Brad Boyes on his season according to the expectations you had for him. If he met them, give him a five or a six. If he eclipsed them, aim for a seven or beyond. If he failed to meet them, give him a lower number relating to how poorly he missed the target.

Topics Of Discussion: Will the real Brad Boyes – as in the 30-40 goal person – stand up for the Buffalo Sabres during an entire season, give or take? What linemates do you think he can fare best with? Was this the right move for Darcy Regier to finalize at the trade deadline? Did Boyes' playoff struggles worry you that it will be a habit in the future or was it an inconvenience that he will grow from?

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