Kevin Boyle

by Lucas Main on September 8, 2017

 

Kevin Boyle, G

Shoots: L

Height: 6-01

Weight: 200

Born: 1996-05-30

Hometown:  Manalapan, NJ

Drafted: Signed as Free Agent

 

Observations:

September 2017 – Boyle had an up-and-down 2016-17 season. He played in 19 games for the Gulls with a 2.27 GAA and a .924 save percentage, but when the Ducks acquired Jhonas Enroth from Toronto, Boyle got sent down to the ECHL, and struggled. He registered a 2.73 GAA and .908 save percentage with the Grizzlies, but stayed poised through his stint and signed a one-year extension with Anaheim this summer. If he can regain the confidence he had in San Diego at the start of the season, he could build a case to become an NHL backup. Lucas Main

September 2016 -  Boyle was signed as a free agent and played for UMass-Lowell last season with a 24-10 record and 1.83 GAA and .934 SV%. He was very poised in net and I believe he will be the starter in San Diego this season, and could very well get called up for a few games if an injury occurs. Lucas Main

April 2016 –  The 2015-16 season another big developmental step forward for the Manalapan, NJ native.  Boyle was outstanding in his senior year at UMass-Lowell and set career marks with 39 appearances, 1.83 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.  Boyle was Co-Player of the Year honors (shared with Boston College netminder Thatcher Demko), named to Hockey East’s Second-Team All-Conference team, and was a finalist for the 2016 Mike Richter Award. He was also the Hockey East Tournament MVP with a 3-1-0 record with a 1.24 goals-against average and .958 save percentage.

Kevin Boyle is an athletic goaltender who is very aggressive in cutting down angles.  He plays at the edge of his crease, and often beyond, to challenges shooters.  Boyle has decent size and uses it well.  He keeps his body upright and stays big when down in the butterfly.  His movements in the crease are fluid and not overly busy.  UMass-Lowell certainly played a responsible, defensively sound game in front of him but Boyle was a key player in his two years with the River Hawks.

Boyle signed a one-year ELC with the Anaheim Ducks on March 31, 2016 after the conclusion of UMass-Lowell’s season.  Boyle joins a Ducks organization that has little prospect depth in goal, but is very youthful at the NHL level and will head to the AHL and appears ready to challenge for a spot in the professional ranks. Zachary DeVine

 

Fantasy Outlook: C

Boyle will need to prove his aggressive game translates to the professional leagues, especially after an unimpressive 2016-17 campaign.

 

Footage:

UMass Lowell Athletics speaks to Boyle about his statistics, wins and losses:

 

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