September 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty (19) carries the puck against the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes Forward Jiri Tlusty Out 2-3 Weeks After Emergency Appendectomy

The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that Jiri Tlusty will miss the next two to three weeks due to an emergency appendectomy he had on Christmas Eve. The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled forward Zach Boychuk to take his place on the Canes roster.

An appendectomy is the surgical removal of the appendix. Jiri Tlusty will miss at least two to three weeks following his emergency surgery on Tuesday.

Jiri Tlusty will certainly be missed. He isn’t the prolific goal scorer he was last year, but he is still a valuable two-way forward to have in the middle of the lineup.

With a forward out of the mix, the Carolina Hurricanes are going to give Zach Boychuk another good look. A look that could last three weeks. This is an enormous opportunity for Zach Boychuk.

He has been firing on all cylinders in the AHL, now he has an extended period of time in the NHL to show what he can do. He will start on the fourth line with Manny Malhotra and Radek Dvorak, but he could move up the lineup if he plays well.

Zach Boychuk scored 12 goals in his last 16 games with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. He has been the AHL’s hottest goal scorer. Hopefully he can finally translate that to the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes posses the hottest AHL goal scorer, and they posses one of the hottest NHL goal scorers in Zach Boychuk and Jeff Skinner. If they can continue their great play, they can make the Carolina Hurricanes a very dangerous team offensively.

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