Zach Boychuk, C

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 180

Born: 1989-10-4

Hometown: Airdrie, Alb.

Drafted: 2008 1st Rd. 14th overall – Carolina Hurricanes








January 2014- Boychuk was recalled from Charlotte on the 27th of December and has played in six games for the Hurricanes. He is currently average under nine minutes of ice time and has recorded one assist in his latest NHL campaign. With Jiri Tlusty set to return from an appendectomy, Boychuk could be relegated to the press box or back to the AHL at any time. Andrew Ward


July 2013 - Carolina is giving Zach Boychuk another chance at having some NHL success. After being claimed off waivers twice by Pittsburgh and Nashville, Carolina reclaimed him after being placed on waivers a third time. Boychuk a good prospect hasn't seen any consistent play or scoring since he was called up to the NHL. Being drafted 14th overall, there are high expectations for him and this one year deal could be his last shot, at least in Carolina. Andrew Ward


March 2013 - Boychuk played five games for Nashville, picked up two points and was plus-1. Pretty good numbers for 13 minutes per game... just not good enough for coach Barry Trotz. Boychuk was waived again, reclaimed by Carolina and sent to Carolina's farm team. It would appear that his chances as an NHL top sixer are over. - Dobber


March 2013 - Boychuk experiment over. Pittsburgh waived him, Nashville plucked him. Preds have put him on an offensive line and he scored in his first game. Maybe they will salvage his career the way they salvaged Sergei Kostitsyn's. - Dobber


February 2013 – Pittsburgh swiped Boychuk off the waiver wire hoping that he could translate his strong AHL start to the NHL after he failed to secure a spot in Carolina. Boychuk has been utilized mostly at even strength with Evgeni Malkin and shown creation abilities, but is still suffering from nothing hitting the scoresheet. The window that opened with an organizational change is quickly closing as Pittsburgh decided to scratch Boychuk in favor of trying rookie Beau Bennett in his hopeful role. Jason Banks


October 2012 – Boychuk is nearing his last legs as a ‘tweener’ in the Cane’s system. He has started the season posting nine points in eight contests to start the season in a more competitive AHL season. Carolina signed him for just one year in the summer, and placed him on waivers to be eligible for recall once the NHL comes back. His short stature puts him at a disadvantage on winning roster spots, but solid production speaks louder than sub six feet. He only has 18 points despite getting 72 games worth of NHL opportunities; this lack of production at the top level has hindered may before and points toward being a career minor leaguer much like Keith Aucoin, Brett Sterling, Darren Haydar, Martin St. Pierre and Corey Locke. Jason Banks


February 2012 – Boychuk is a highly talented forward with a great future ahead of him with the Hurricanes. Amassed great numbers in the WHL during his junior career with Lethbridge. Entering his third pro season in 2011-12, ‘Canes management was hoping first rounder Boychuk would finally find his game in the big leagues, albeit he is still developing in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers. Russ Bitely



Fantasy Outlook: C+


Boychuk is a gifted offensive talent with great hockey sense. He was unable to keep up at the NHL level, despite playing with the likes of Evgeni Malkin. So he may have run out of chances.





Zack Boychuk first goal with the Preds:



Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):


2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:

The 19-year-old made the ‘Canes initially, as he impressed them in training camp so much that they wanted to see what he could do for a little longer. He was sent back to junior after two NHL games, but you know he’s just that close. An offensive wizard who can score as well as dish, Boychuk can look forward to a future as a No.1 pivot when Eric Staal moves on. For now, look for at least part-time duty in the year ahead before a 50-point season in 2010-11. After that, he could really take off.

Upside: (35-40-75+, 60 PIM)

Certainty (NHLer; Upside): 95%; 50%


2008 Fantasy Prospects Report:

Scouting Report

Can an undersized forward whose bread and butter is his skill afford to have a drop in production in his draft year? When the time not dangling is spent playing exceptional all-around hockey, it sure can. Zach Boychuk was never a softie, but 2007-08 saw the Lethbridge captain add even more grit to his game. But at the Top Prospects Game in Edmonton, it was his skill that stood out. Additional development physically is Boychuk's only concern at this point.

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Zach Boychuk statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects

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