Travis Boyd

by Pat Quinn on September 14, 2017

Travis Boyd, C

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 185

Born: 1993-09-14

Hometown:  Edina, MN

Drafted: 6th round 2011 (117th overall)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

September 2017 - So how good was Boyd's 2016-2017 season, well all he did was finish tied for sixth in points overall in the AHL and lead Hershey with 63 points in 76 games. For this upcoming season a top nine spot could be his but the Capitals may have him stay in the AHL as the teams top line C, and call him up in the case of injuries. The Caps may try to convert him more to the wing position as it will be easier for him to make th Capitals that way. Boyd remains more of a distributor than a shooter, as he put up 47 assists last season, and the Capitals have a lot of those. Training camp will tell where Boyd will end up but he does have a chance to make this team and put up points in a top 9 role. Pat Quinn

 

December 2016 - Currently, Boyd is leading the Hershey Bears in points and is averaging a point per game with 28 points in 28 games. He is really pushing back his poor post season, and NHL exhibition, play behind him in a big way. Actng as the number one centre for Hershey, Boyd only has nine goals in 28 games as his shot rate is still on par with the start of the season, a 18 percent shooting percentage, which is quite high for any player. Boyd really needs to up his shot totals as he currently tends to be relying on a high quality of shots, instead of changing up the play by shooting instead of setting someone up. Pat Quinn

 

November 2016 – Boyd is showing last season where he put up 53 points was no fluke as he currently has 11 points in 14 games. He is also playing the top line centre role for the Bears; I consider him and Vrana the top line over high scoring career AHLers. Boyd is not much of a shooter, evident by his 26 shots so far, but he will need to work on it if he wants to make an impact in the NHL. His playmaking abilities are great but he really needs to improve on his 1.85 shots per game this year, the shots are slightly up compared to last season’s 1.53 per game. Pat Quinn

 

October 2016 - Boyd was sent down to the Hershey Bears to develop further getting top minutes for the AHL squad. In exhibition viewings Boyd appeared to get knocked off the puck easily in board battles and occasionally lose his coverage defensively, but always looked calm and composed when he had the puck on his stick especailly when he played the point on the power play. The increased ice time in the AHL will go a long way in preparing him for a full time spot next season, but he should be up in the NHL a couple times if/when injuries strike. Pat Quinn

 

September 2016 - During the Washington Capitals training camp Boyd stood out as the best player for the Capitals in all three games played. He routinely skated as a centre between Vrana and Sanford, and played both wing and the point on the power play throught the games. Hershey Bears coach Troy Mann called him the best player on the ice in two of the games showing how highly he is valued in the organization. The Capitals are looking for a 13th or 14th forward to carry for most of the season, it would be beneficial to Boyd if he could play all year so if that is the option presented, top line time in the AHL would suit him best, that of course saying he does not make the top 9 out of training camp. Pat Quinn

 

April 2016 – After four years at the University of Minnesota, where he progressed in points every season, Boyd completed his first full AHL season for the Hershey Bears. Boyd had 51 points, 20 of them goals, in 73 games, finishing third in points on the Bears and seventh overall in AHL rookie scoring. Boyd is a very creative player who has strong vision, but will need to replicate his numbers for next season just to see where he could fit in with the Capitals long term. Pat Quinn

 

Fantasy Outlook: B-

Boyd is a strong two way player that has developed a consistent offensive attack not shown when he was originally drafted in 2011. Positive pro season but will need to put up similar to better numbers next season to show his potential. Pat Quinn

 

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