Another day, another waiver claim for the Predators. This time it’s Zach Boychuk, who has played with the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins this season. Boychuk has been a disappointment after being drafted 14th overall in 2008, but does have some skill and may be able to provide a spark on the third or fourth line.
In the last two days the Predators have placed Hal Gill (lower body) and Brandon Yip (upper body) on injured reserve, which means the active roster is currently at 22.
The following is a press release from the Predators…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 5, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club claimed forward Zach Boychuk on waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and placed forward Brandon Yip on injured reserve. Boychuk is on a two-way contract worth $625,000 and the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level in 2012-13.
Boychuk, 23 (10/4/89), has been held scoreless in eight NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Carolina Hurricanes in 2012-13. In 80 career NHL contests since 2008-09, the Airdrie, Alta., native has 18 points (7g-11a) in 80 career contests with Pittsburgh and Carolina. Boychuk started the 2012-13 season with Carolina’s primary developmental affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, amassing 32 points (16g-16a) in 37 games.
Drafted by the Hurricanes in the first round (14th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk was a member of back-to-back Canadian World Junior Championship-winning teams in 2008 and 2009. He was teammates with current Predator forward Matt Halischuk on the 2008 team, and Preds defenseman Ryan Ellis on the 2009 team.