The Carolina Hurricanes have called up forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. The former first round draft pick from 2008 leads the Checkers in points, goals, and assists (19 points, 9 goals, 10 assists). Boychuk also leads the American Hockey League in power play goals with seven.
Zach Boychuk has played in 85 NHL games. He has 20 points (8 goals, 12 assists) in the NHL. Last season, he was put through waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes. He has claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, who he played seven games with. In those seven games, he registered zero points. He was then waived by the Penguins and picked up by the Nashville Predators. He played in five games and registered two points (1 goal, 1 assist). He was then waived by Nashville and claimed back by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Zach Boychuk announced his own news this morning via twitter.
Time to pack and get back on the I-85. Raleigh here I come! @NHLCanes
Zach Boychuk will likely be in the lineup tonight against the San Jose Sharks. He could be slotted in with Jordan Staal and Jiri Tlusty on the second line. That’s the spot that Patrick Dwyer had prior to his injury last night. He could also be moved to the third line in Nathan Gerbe‘s spot, and Gerbe moves up to line two with Staal and Tlusty
Zach Boychuk was expected to be a top-six, two-way forward and a scorer when he was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the 2008 NHL draft. So far, he has not panned out to be that kind of player.
He came into training camp in September and nearly made the Carolina Hurricanes. He was in the best shape of his career, and he wanted too prove people wrong. This could be one of his last chances to stick on the Carolina Hurricanes roster. This is his opportunity to prove people wrong. I think he has a good chance of doing so, but he has to understand that he is running out of chances.