To make matters worse for his fantasy owners, Boyes logged only 13:41 of ice time, despite not spending one second in the penalty box.
Significantly, Boyes’ ice time — he averages 17:02 — has dropped in each of his last five games:
2/4 vs. San Jose — 18:49
2/6 vs. Chicago — 16:59
2/8 @ Colorado — 15:46
2/9 vs. Detroit — 14:34
2/12 vs. Toronto — 13:41
It will be interesting to see how much ice time Boyes logs in Saturday night’s tilt vs. Washington.
Thus far owners have held on to Boyes, despite his recent slump. He remains owned in 86.4 percent of ESPN leagues and 59 percent of Yahoo! formats.
Tempting as it might be to drop Boyes — especially if you can pick up red hot Stars C Mike Ribeiro (pictured above, 80.4 percent owned in ESPN but only 57 percent owned in Yahoo!) — we urge you to keep the faith, based on Boyes’ stellar track record as a scorer in March and April.
To wit: Last season, Boyes scored 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 20 games in March and April. In 2007-08, Boyes registered 18 points (11 goals, seven assists) in 18 games in March and April.
Granted: The upcoming Olympic break could throw a wrench into Boyes’ pattern of second-half performance. Also, the diminution of his ice time is a disturbing trend, one all of his owners should continue to monitor.
Nevertheless, Boyes’ track record suggests that he’ll provide value to rosters in the final two months of the season.
So unless there’s a Ribeiro waiting in your free agent pool, don’t say bye bye to Boyes just yet.
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