Given that they’re the no. 8 seed in the Western Conference, the New York Islanders have done a lot of things that have flown under the radar this year. They’re a much more talented club than many folks realize, as proven in their 5-4 overtime thriller of a loss on Sunday afternoon.
One strong suit for this Islanders team throughout the entirety of 2013 has been their top six up front. Whatever the combination, there’s no doubt that a group of six that includes the likes of John Tavares and Matt Moulson is among the league’s best.
Brad Boyes has reaped the benefits of playing within this top six, particularly next to Tavares, all year. He’s had an outstanding season on the stat sheet, proving to be one of the league’s biggest bargains. He came to the Islanders on a one-year, $1 million deal.
It’s safe to say that he’s in line for a pretty hefty raise this summer. That’s what 35 points in 48 games will do you for you. Add in the fact that he’s been an asset on the power play, with 13 of his points (12 of them being assists) coming with the Isles on the man advantage.
But so far in the postseason, Boyes has been pretty quiet. Despite the success of his teammates through three games, Boyes has yet to be heard from on the stat sheet. In that trio of games, Boyes has eight hits, but zero points and a minus-1 rating.
Will that hurt his value this summer? That’s pretty unlikely. It’s not as if Boyes is costing his line by not putting points up. His linemates are still producing and putting the puck in the net. Boyes just isn’t getting in on the action at this point in time.
Boyes stands to get paid this summer. Whether it’s by the Islanders or another club, someone is going to hand him a hefty contract, at least compared to the $1 million he made this year. Regardless of what he achieves in the postseason, that fact will not change.