The Carolina Hurricanes sent Chris Terry back to the Charlotte Checkers today, after he played one game during his short second stint in the NHL this season.
But the Canes made the wrong choice in recalling Terry to begin with, the one that deserves a recall is Zach Boychuk.
Last season, Boychuk was not in a lot of people’s favor. The 2013 season was seen as make or break for him and after spending the season with three NHL teams, he found his way back with the Checkers.
It was also a contract year for the 2008 first-round pick as he entered restricted free agency. The Hurricanes qualified Boychuk and eventually re-signed him in August.
Again, Boychuk did not make the Canes roster out of training camp and was sent back to the Checkers, where he spent three previous seasons.
But this year, things are going great for the 24-year-old in the AHL.
In 55 games, Boychuk has 56 points, including 28 goals and sports a 17.7 percent shooting percentage.
And his goals have come in timely to help the Checkers reenter the playoff race with their wins over the past month.
Boychuk has been recalled twice this season, recording four points in nine games, which is impressive for a player that saw an average of about nine minutes per game.
Besides Boychuk’s impressive play in the AHL, he was signed to a one-year deal, which expires this summer. GM Jim Rutherford and the Hurricanes have to decide if the Canada native is part of the Canes’ future.
While it would hurt the Checkers if they lost Boychuk during their race for a playoff spot, Boychuk can have an impact in the NHL and could bring some contribution to the Hurricanes.