VANCOUVER, BC - JUNE 15: Daniel Paille #20 of the Boston Bruins celebrates in the locker room after defeating the Vancouver Canucks in Game Seven of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Arena on June 15, 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4 to 0. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
For most of the year, Paille was in and out of the lineup. Personally, I thought he was extremely irritating because he had zero scoring touch. With his great speed he was able to produce some good chances, especially on the penalty kill, but could never finish.
Paille seemed destined for the ninth floor in the playoffs, but improved his game over the last month of the season, putting up three goals and an assist in the last five games of the season.
Paille played every game in the playoffs, becoming a key part of the success of the fourth line. He had three goals and three assists in the playoffs, half his regular-season goal total and almost half his point total.
Paille's key playoff and regular-season contribution came on the penalty kill. He was invaluable facing the Canadiens, Lightning, and Canucks, all with great power plays. The Bruins killed penalties at an 84.4% rate, which was important considering their terrible power play. Montreal, of course, had the best penalty kill rate in the playoffs. Brian Gionta is reportedly bringing the trophy for that to the "Smurfs" premiere.
I'm giving Paille a B-. He was average in the regular season, maybe even a little below average. But his contribution to winning the Cup was enough to show that he can be a valuable member of this team, and definitely an above-average fourth-liner.
How would you grade Daniel Paille?
"A" range (5 votes)
B+ (24 votes)
B (37 votes)
B- (14 votes)
C+ (20 votes)
C (5 votes)
C- (2 votes)
"D" range (2 votes)
F (3 votes)
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