One of the many story lines which will undoubtedly emerge during the Stanley Cup Final match up of the Rangers and Kings, is the prominent role of a player who now has the opportunity to prove his former team ‘wrong’. Brian Boyle was traded at the 2009 draft to the Rangers for a third round pick in the 2010 draft. He now has the rare opportunity to ‘stick it’ to his former team.
Boyle was the 26th overall pick in the famous 2003 draft. He was the Kings second first round pick, the first was Dustin Brown, who worked out pretty well in Los Angeles. After four years at Boston College where Boyle was a first line power forward, he struggled mightily to develop for the Kings at the professional level. They cut ties with him after his second year of professional hockey.
Since the trade, Boyle has emerged as a member of the glue that keeps the Rangers machine together. He is a prolific penalty killer and always elevates his game in the playoffs. He is an unsung hero for the Rangers, who set up Dominic Moore‘s tally that propelled his new team to the Stanley Cup Final.
Every player loves to prove his former team ‘wrong’ and Boyle now has an opportunity to do so on the game’s biggest stage; the Stanley Cup Final.