Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 

Boyes looks to rediscover All-Star form on Island

Saturday, 08.25.2012 / 10:08 AM / News
By Brian Compton
X
Share with your Friends


Boyes looks to rediscover All-Star form on Island
Three seasons have passed since Brad Boyes last reached the 30-goal plateau. If he\'s ever going to return to All-Star form, it will likely come in 2012-13 as a member of the New York Islanders.
The Islanders will ask proven scorer Brad Boyes to take on a prominent offensive role in 2012-13 (Getty Images)

Three seasons have passed since Brad Boyes last reached the 30-goal plateau. If he's ever going to return to All-Star form, it will likely come in 2012-13 as a member of the New York Islanders.

Boyes, who scored 76 goals over two campaigns with the St. Louis Blues from 2007-09, scored just eight times in 65 games with the Buffalo Sabres this past season. But on the opening day of free agency, the Isles signed Boyes to a one-year, $1 million deal to help replace the void left by PA Parenteau, who was signed by the Colorado Avalanche that same afternoon.

For now, it appears Boyes -- who turned 30 in April -- will be penciled in to replace Parenteau on New York's top line alongside John Tavares -- one of the game's evolving superstars -- and Matt Moulson, who reached the 30-goal plateau for a third straight season in 2011-12. Indeed, it's a golden opportunity for Boyes to regain that scoring touch he had with the Blues.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Boyes told NHL.com. "Things didn't work out in Buffalo, but I think it’s going to be good. It's a good chance for me to get back to playing the way I think I can play. It's a good opportunity. I'm really excited. It's a chance to play with a good, young group of guys that has some experience as well."

Things began to tail off for Boyes in 2009-10. One season after tallying 33 goals, he was held to 14 in 82 games. In 2010-11, he found the back of the net 12 times in 62 games before being traded to the Sabres. He finished the regular season strong, recording 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 games, but was held to one goal (his only point) in a seven-game, opening-round Stanley Cup Playoff loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

And this past season, Boyes -- along with the majority of his teammates in Buffalo -- struggled mightily. His 23 points were, by far, the fewest he's had since his first full season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins in 2005-06.

"I just think it wasn't the best fit," Boyes said of his time in Buffalo. "There's a lot of guys with similar styles of play, so I kind of had to shift around and change things up. There's probably a thousand different things, but I think overall it just wasn't a great fit for me. There's no hard feelings at all, it's just kind of the way it was."

When it comes to the Islanders, the biggest difference between Boyes and Parenteau is they were hoping Parenteau could produce consistently at the NHL level when they signed him away from the New York Rangers in the summer of 2010. It was a gamble that paid off in a big way -- so much so that Parenteau signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Avalanche on July 1. In Boyes, the Isles know they have someone who can score. Now, it's likely up to Tavares to help him do it again.

"I'm real excited … he's a heck of a player," Boyes said of Tavares. "He definitely stands out. He's made a great combination with Moulson too. They complement each other very well. To get an opportunity with those guys, I think it's going to be great. You never know, but I'm looking to fit in with those guys or wherever I fit in. If I do get a chance to play with Tavares, I'm going to take advantage and I'm definitely looking forward to it.

"I always want to go out and do as well as I can, but definitely coming off last season, just personally I want to get back to the right form and get back to playing the way I know I can. I don't have to prove anybody wrong or not, I just have to play well and try to score goals again. I think we can make a push and surprise some people."

Follow Brian Compton on Twitter: @BComptonNHL

Author: Brian Compton | NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

ISLES HOPE YOUNGSTERS ARE READY | STROME STEPS UP | ISLES LOOKING FOR MORE CONSISTENCY

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 33 22 6 5 105 76 49
2 NYI 33 23 10 0 104 91 46
3 MTL 34 21 11 2 92 83 44
4 TBL 35 20 11 4 113 93 44
5 DET 34 17 8 9 94 84 43
6 TOR 34 19 12 3 114 102 41
7 WSH 33 17 10 6 97 86 40
8 NYR 31 17 10 4 93 81 38
9 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
10 BOS 34 17 14 3 86 88 37
11 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
12 PHI 33 13 14 6 92 99 32
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 35 12 17 6 77 102 30
15 BUF 34 13 18 3 66 109 29
16 CAR 33 9 20 4 68 92 22

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 33 13 15 -5 28
K. Okposo 33 7 21 -3 28
B. Nelson 33 14 13 7 27
R. Strome 33 6 15 12 21
F. Nielsen 33 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 33 5 10 8 15
J. Boychuk 23 2 12 7 14
N. Kulemin 33 6 7 -2 13
M. Grabovski 30 5 7 3 12
T. Hickey 32 2 9 2 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 18 6 0 .919 2.24
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

NewYorkIslanders.com is the official Web site of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and NewYorkIslanders.com are trademarks of New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P.  NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 New York Islanders Hockey Club, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy |  AdChoices |  Terms of Use |  Contact  Us |  Employment |  Webmaster |  NHL.com Terms of Use