April 6, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Zac Dalpe (22) celebrates his 3rd period goal against the New York Rangers at the PNC center. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Bottom Six Options: Boychuk And Dalpe

With training camp only a few weeks away, Cardiac Cane will look at the candidates for the Carolina Hurricanes’ bottom six, the most contested positions on the team. We will look at two players a day for the next six days, done in alphabetical order.

(Note: Patrick Dwyer and Elias Lindholm were already counted as roster locks)

Zach Boychuk

Zach Boychuk played for three different NHL teams in the 2012-13 season. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

One of the most polarizing players in Hurricanes’ recent history, Boychuk will be back again for another season to try and stick with the team.

Boychuk is more of a scorer, but has never been able to translate into the NHL. In 85 games, the 23-year-old has scored 20 points in 85 games, not as impressive as his stats in the AHL.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean Boychuk is out of the running for a spot with the Canes. Management obviously had enough faith in him to bring him back again and at this point the former first-round pick has to realize this will be one of his last shots.

Boychuk will compete with other NHL hopefuls Zac Dalpe and Nathan Gerbe.

Zac Dalpe

Zac Dalpe was selected in the second round of the 2008 Draft. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Another scorer that hasn’t been able to stick with the team, Dalpe will be in the mix at training camp.

Similar to Boychuk, he has played in a good amount of NHL games, but has never been able to stick with the club. However, Dalpe’s younger and has had less chances than the older Boychuk.

The two will be competing between each other for a scoring role, but it could also come down to who is a better all-around player. Right now neither stick out, but they’ll also be competing with other players for a role in the bottom six.

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