SUN Hockey Pool

Boyd's play turns heads

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:36 AM ET

The eye-catching numbers he's putting up at the World Junior hockey championships tell only part of Dustin Boyd's story.

Calgary Flames GM/head coach Darryl Sutter is more excited about the other chapters.

Sutter knows people will get excited about the club's prospect currently strutting his stuff for Canada at the World Juniors but points out the offence Boyd has displayed -- both in Vancouver and during the WHL season -- is only the tip of the iceberg.

"He's a good player," Sutter said yesterday morning. "The thing about Dustin Boyd is he's a 200-foot player. There's some other guys that get a lot of splash because they're spectacular when they have the puck but he's a good player in all areas of the game."

In the numbers game, Boyd has been excellent for Canada's entry so far, leading the team with five points (3-2-5) through its first three games.

This has come in the midst of a season in which the centre has racked up 27 goals and 20 assists in 32 WHL clashes for the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Sutter is quick to point out a more telling aspect of Boyd's game which came to the fore late in the team's 4-3 win over Switzerland Wednesday night.

"Look at the players on the ice at the end of that game -- Boyd, Kyle Chipchura and Blake Comeau," Sutter said. "It says something about kids that don't get much PR but when you need them, that's where they are."

Boyd, a 6-ft., 186-lb. product of Winnipeg, was selected in the third round, 98th overall, by Calgary in the 2004 draft.

At the time, he was a speedy 18-goal scoring, third-line centre on the Warriors. Since then, he's developed into a top prospect and could become the best player drafted by the Flames that late in a decade.

For now, though, he'll be counted on to help Canada in its quest for a second straight world juniors crown.

"He's made that team on his performance over the last two seasons, not two weeks," Sutter said. "At the end of the day, the 18- and 17-year-olds in that tournament get a lot of PR because they're young guys playing at that level but the 19-year-olds are the difference in that tournament, always."


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