Pittsburgh Penguins Claim Zach Boychuk

The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes according to Bob McKenzie via Twitter.

The 23-year old was placed on waivers in an attempt to send him to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.  The move was said to be a risky one for the Hurricanes with many clubs said to be interested.  The Penguins, who find themselves in the middle of the pack have to be considered lucky that they landed Boychuk given the amount of teams that would’ve had to not put in a claim on him.

Drafted 14th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk has appeared 72 career games for the Hurricanes over the past four seasons, but just one so far this season.

Boychuk has scored 7 career goals to go with 11 assists while averaging just over ten minutes of ice-time per game. This season in the AHL with the Checkers, Boychuk has 37 points in 32 games, which makes the case that maybe he needs a different organization to get a fair shake at playing every day.

Scott Cullen of TSN wonders if the Penguins will give Boychuk a shot on the second line given his fine performance in the minors this year.

It has not yet been reported if the Penguins have to make a roster move in order to add Boychuk.

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