Brad Boyes was the Toronto Maple Leafs first round pick, 24th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He wound up splitting time in the AHL and OHL before hitting the big leagues. Before Boyes played a single game for the Leafs, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks along with Alyn McCauley and a 1st round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft (who would be Mark Stuart) in exchange for Owen Nolan.
Boyes would play one NHL game for the Sharks before being sent to Boston in 2004. He would get playing time for the Providence Bruins of the AHL before a call-up in the big leagues. 2005-2006 would be his first full NHL season, as Boyes played in all 82 games with the Bruins and finished with 69 points (26 goals and 43 assists).
In February of 2007, Boyes was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Dennis Wideman. Boyes is a great offensive talent that finished 3rd in line for rookie scoring during his first year. Moved several more times than he deserved at the start of his career, he is deceptively agile. Boyes has great hand-eye coordination and can overcome a lack of top-end speed with his ability to move the puck well.