He is really a light heavy with the heart of a true heavyweight. He will fight anyone and can usually hold his own. He understands, accepts and embraces the enforcer role and plays it well. He has some hockey skill and can play a reglular shift which should keep him around for a while. Right now I would say he is among the top Light Heavyweights in the league which in todays NHL could still put you in the top ten heavyweights overall as the trend toward Light Heavyweights replacing true heavyweights continues. I see a lot of Shawn Thornton's game in Bollig. He is a very skilled technical fighter who can go with both hands, has a solid chin and good balance. He's not small but he is outsized by the few remaining Monsters that are out there. If he continues to fill out muscle wise and continues to improve as a hockey player with his attitude and work ethic, he could potentially have Thornton like effectiveness in the role.
He is not going to scare or intimidate any decent heavyweight but he is a tough enough and skilled enough fighter to earn the respect of those guys and he should see the kind of ice time he'll need to be in the face of the pests and middleweights and guys he can intimidate. He'll throw a beating into anyone if they deserve it, lightweights, non fighters and skilled players alike and he won't back down from the biggest or baddest guys you can throw at him. Win or lose he will usually get his licks in and at the very least let his opponenent know they're in a fight.
I think he would be the underdog on paper against McGrattan, Kassian, Bordeleau and would lose to those guys more often than he would beat them but he would make it a battle nearly every time out and would get some draws and probably score an upset win here and there as well. Right now he would probably rank along side guys like Cam Janssen, Ryan Reaves, Mike Rupp, Kevin Westgarth, Jared Boll, Chris Neil, Brandon Prust, Jay Rosehill and these type of guys in terms of fighting albility but the technical tools, excellent work ethic and perfect attitude and passion for the role to go with some pretty decent hockey skills create an opportunity for him to be one of the best enforcers in the NHL at some point if it continues to water down around him. He is a throwback player who would have been a light heavy lucky to make it ten years ago but his combination of fighting ability and hockey ablity could very well allow him to be one of the top heavyweight enforcers in todays NHL going forward. Of McGrattan, Kassian and Bordeleau, Bollig may not be the best fighter but he probably has the best odds of seeing the most ice and sticking around the longest to a point where when you look around the league at the guys in the enforcer role, he would be one of the top heavyweights left playing.
| "To be honest, even though he lost, Hendricks did a better job of enforcing than most heavyweight enforcers do." - Peatycap|
Not only is the NHL totally fucked it's fans are out to lunch now as well