Boll will play Friday in Game 2 against the Oilers, Greg Beacham of the Associated Press reports. Boll will take the place of Nick Ritchie; both players are gritty, but it's Ritchie with the offensive skills, so this lineup change is a bit surprising to us. While Boll is far more experienced in terms of actual NHL service time, he's only appeared in three playoff games in nine years, and none since he was a member of the Blue Jackets in the 2013-14 season.
Boll was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Sunday against Vancouver. With just two assists and only nine shots on net through 41 games this season, Boll's only fantasy appeal was his contribution in the PIM column (73). Now that he's likely to watch from the press box most nights, he's nothing more than a desperation option, and counting on Boll in any setting is ill-advised.
Boll posted an assist with a plus-1 in Saturday's 5-3 loss against the Wild. Boll isn't on the ice for his offensive skills, he is on the ice as a protector for the star players in Anaheim. He racks up plenty of penalty minutes in limited ice time, and he has racked up 34 hits in 33 games. Still, the enforcer is only worth a look in the very deepest of pools.
Boll picked up an assist and posted a plus-1 rating against the Flyers on Thursday. Boll collected just 19 points through 227 games over his final five seasons with the Blue Jackets, so he's unlikely to morph into much of an offensive presence for the Ducks. He does pile up the tallies in the penalty minutes and hits columns, though. Boll has six PIM and five hits through his first four games, and when he's in the lineup, you can expect contributions in those categories.
Boll signed a two-year contract with the Ducks on Tuesday that will net him an average salary of $900,000 per year, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. After spending the first nine years of his career with the Blue Jackets, Boll will get a change of scenery, as he"ll head to the Ducks for the 2016-17 campaign. However, the 30-year-old winger notched just three points this past year and hasn't recorded over six points in five straight seasons, meaning his fantasy value will remain severely restricted. Injury concerns only add to his poor fantasy outlook, so he may be a player to avoid unless he sees an increased role with his new team.
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