9 jun 2019
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Hawkisles</b></div><div>Boychuk is getting points tho. I agree he’s a shadow of what he used to be, but he’s scoring at a respectable pace. He’s also skated in the last few games that we won. I’d much rather have Dobson and Wahlstrom in the lineup, but it’s hard to bench players that score.</div></div>
Boychuk had an outstanding end of the 3rd period, but he was a liability for the rest of the game. He can’t move the puck, terrible gap control, and isn’t effective in front of the net like he used to. He has heart and leadership qualities, that’s it. Statiscally he was the worst islanders defenseman heading into the 3rd period and was on the ice for both of the blues goals.
Dobson helps with the transition game (which the islanders desperately need help with) , sound defensively , elite skating ability , and a high hockey IQ. One of boychuk/mayfield better be coming out for Dobson on Thursday, or they deserve to lose. The islanders played like sh*t today, and 5 minutes of hard work and a whole lot of luck shouldn’t influence trotz decision. They looked like a team that needed an infusion of speed and skill.
As much as lou and trotz love vets, I would be shocked if wahlstrom ever sees the AHL again. He was their 2nd best player today. If trotz is a man of word , “the best players will play, then wahlstrom cemented himself as a regular in the lineup.