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Instant Analysis: Preds Acquire Brian Boyle from New Jersey

Nashville Brings 6-6 Centerman on Board for Playoff Run

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

More than two weeks ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline, David Poile is already at work.

The Predators acquired 6-foot-6, 245-pound centerman Brian Boyle on Wednesday morning from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

A native of Hingham, Massachusetts, Boyle has recorded 13 goals and 19 points - in addition to leading all club forwards in blocked shots (36) and ranking second on the team in hits (88) - in 47 games with the Devils this season.

A cancer survivor and Masterton Trophy winner, Boyle is one of the most respected players in the League, and now he'll have the opportunity to become an integral piece on a club with Stanley Cup aspirations.

Here are three things to take note of on the newest member of Smashville.

Defensive Specialist:

Boyle should slide seamlessly into Nashville's forward group and will make it difficult for opponents every time he's on the ice.

Boyle has blocked the ninth-most shots (513) and dished out the 16th-most hits (1,498) among League forwards since becoming a full-time NHLer in 2009-10. He also has the capability to put the puck in the net and has posted at least 20 points in seven of his previous 10 campaigns, just one point away from hitting the mark again this season.

The Preds could also park Boyle in front of the net on the power play - a piece that could certainly help their efforts with his hulking frame.

Experienced Leader:

An alternate captain in New Jersey, the 34-year-old Boyle is a veteran of 740 career NHL games, plus 111 more in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There isn't much that Boyle hasn't experienced over the course of his 13 seasons, and at this time of the year, no team can ever have enough of it in the locker room.

Inspirational Figure:

Prior to the 2017-18 season, Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia - but that didn't stop him from scoring 13 goals and 23 points in 69 games while undergoing treatment.

Boyle was named a 2018 NHL All-Star and was awarded with the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey along the way.

If there was ever a guy to play for and do everything possible to try and win a Cup for, it's Boyle.

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