Preds Aquire big bodied center Brian Boyle to jumpstart deadline deals
The first major trade Nashville has made during the deadline window has happened! It’s happened! Nashville shipped off a second-round pick in 2019 for 12-season veteran center, Brian Boyle. Boyle immediately adds an impact with his 6’6 245-pound frame. Size isn’t everything, but it will certainly help in the playoffs!
Boyle also brings experience. Although not always on a playoff team, Boyle has 58 career games which are enough for him to not be a liability in April. In addition to his experience in general, Boyle also has experience on the powerplay and will provide quite the boost for this underwhelming Preds unit which ranks last in the league. Boyle’s 6 powerplay goals on the year automatically puts him as the team leader in powerplay goals which is his career best. Boyle’s ability to sit in front of the net due to his size is also a huge plus for the man advantage as it will create more and more opportunities. and for opposing teams, good luck trying to find someone to remove him.
Boyle has a slightly under average Corsi rating at 44.6% for his career but keep in mind that for someone who is now in the team lead for Powerplay goals, Boyle is a more defensive player. For his role id expect him to fill out that fourth line center role and get a nod on the powerplay just because of his stats there and his size.
Although this trade is a step in the right direction, and it is also benefited by the McLeod trade as the Preds can now put two of the toughest players in the league on one line. It is not the only moves needed to be made though, and I wouldn’t expect it to be either since a lot of buzz around the league is that Nashville is not done yet.