Buzz: Should The Rangers Put In A Claim For Zach Boychuk?

The Carolina Hurricanes placed 2008 first round pick Zach Boychuk on waivers today.

He has 73 games of NHL experience that breaks down as:

  • 08-09: 2 games
  • 09-10: 31 games
  • 10-11: 23 games
  • 11-12: 16 games
  • 12-13: 1 game.

In the AHL this season, Boychuk, 23, had 16 goals and 16 assists in 37 games.

He is an RFA after this season.

According to Chip Alexander, Boychuk made the Hurricanes out of training camp and earned a spot with Eric Staal and Alex Semin but has been a healthy scratch the previous four games.

From this Hurricanes profile of Boychuk, “It doesn’t hurt that Boychuk takes his conditioning very seriously, which is often a sore spot for young players. Pound-for-pound, few players are as physically strong, which should help him adapt to the next level.”

Shutdown Line writes that Boychuk may be the most promising prospect in the Hurricanes organization, but has also caused frustration by not making much of the NHL opportunities he has been given.

Adam Rotter: I don’t know that Boychuk will reach the Rangers before someone else claims him, but he seems like a good guy to take a risk on. He has talent and a history, albeit brief in the NHL, of being physical.