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#1 Patrick Jane

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:18 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Zach Boychuk off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes.
The 23-year-old Boychuk was the 14th pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, but was never able to find a regular place in the Carolina lineup. He played in the Hurricanes' season opener and hadn't seen action again since.
In 73 games over parts of five seasons, Boychuk posted seven goals, 18 points and a minus-4 rating. He was a 20-goal scorer each of the past two seasons for Carolina's American Hockey League affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said he expects to give Boychuk a chance to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.
"He's a guy who's a first-round pick," Bylsma said. "He's got speed to his game. He's got limited NHL experience, but he's going to add some competition in our lineup. He could see time on Malkin's line on that wing and see him in that position and adding speed and a little bit of grit to that line."

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:25 AM

A little bit surprised that Carolina would give up on such a young player so quickly.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

Wow, from being waived by the Canes to playing with one of the top two players in the league. Talk about a 180.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:31 AM

Pens trade pending UFA Jordan Staal for 8th Overall pick, NHL ready 11th Overall Brandon Sutter, 51st overall Brian Dumoulin and 14th overall Zach Boychuck

So 3 first rounders and a 2nd rounder for a player who wouldn't sign at any price. hahahahaha and PPL say Gillis is good.
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#5 Teemu Selšnne

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:32 AM

Man, Bylsma is exactly what this guy needs. He's lucky to have fallen to such a good fit on the waiver wire.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Neal - Malkin - Boychuck? seems legit
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:35 AM

Jordan Staal is still better than that package.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:36 AM

Just an observation, there is misconception that when a player is placed on waivers, the team doesn't not want the player. That is not always the case. While waivers is used to get rid of unwanted players, it is there primarily to ensure the best players play in the NHL and stay in the NHL.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:36 PM

A little bit surprised that Carolina would give up on such a young player so quickly.

Carolina went out and spent big on wingers. He doesn't fit in their Top 6 or even Top 9 and he isn't really fit to play a Bottom 6 role.

Where would Boychuk fit into this line-up?

J. Tlusty - E. Staal - A. Semin
Z. Dalpe - J. Staal - J. Skinner
J. Jokinen - C. Larose - D. Bowman
P. Dwyer - T. Brent - K. Westgarth

You basically have to dump one of Boychuk, Dalpe, or Bowman on waivers. Boychuk was the odd man out ...
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:53 PM

How did he make it all the way to the Pens?
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:59 PM

That means ~20 teams passed on him, including bottom feeders in Tor, CLB, NYI. I'm really surprised CLB didn't try to get him, they could use some offense.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

That means ~20 teams passed on him, including bottom feeders in Tor, CLB, NYI. I'm really surprised CLB didn't try to get him, they could use some offense.

Boggles the mind really, I think the Pens scored here. Zero risk for potentially high reward, I guess they can chalk it up to an added piece from the Staal trade.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:03 PM

The rich get richer. This kid will turn out really good with the Pens I bet. I can't believe the Canucks did not take a flyer on him......they should have had a selection ahead of PIT, right?
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

we had no chance of getting him.......1st in the conference......president trophy winner too
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

The rich get richer. This kid will turn out really good with the Pens I bet. I can't believe the Canucks did not take a flyer on him......they should have had a selection ahead of PIT, right?

No, we were the President's Trophy winners last year and the worst to first order is always based on last season's results in the first part of the current season. We would have had last shot at him, although even then I don't think we would have gone after him unless we felt we should dump Ebbett just to fit him in.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

hes one of those guys that is.


at the moment not good enough to play in a top 6 role....
not fast enough to play a bottom 3 role.....
not big enough to play a bottom 6 role....
not tough enough to play a bottom 6 role...

(at least Kassian can effectivlely play a bottom 6 role if he fails to become a top 6 player)

Zach Boychuk has average speed, but if your 5'10, and not good enough offensively, you will be on waivers very quickly. this is his last chance.
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

A little bit surprised that Carolina would give up on such a young player so quickly.


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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:21 PM

hes one of those guys that is.


at the moment not good enough to play in a top 6 role....
not fast enough to play a bottom 3 role.....
not big enough to play a bottom 6 role....
not tough enough to play a bottom 6 role...

(at least Kassian can effectivlely play a bottom 6 role if he fails to become a top 6 player)

Zach Boychuk has average speed, but if your 5'10, and not good enough offensively, you will be on waivers very quickly. this is his last chance.


he has more chances... just turning 23 this past october, the former 1st round pick has plenty offensive upside. He just needs to find a team with the right role for him...

could make a solid waiver wire pickup in fantasy leagues aswell... go get him!
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:32 PM

hes one of those guys that is.


at the moment not good enough to play in a top 6 role....
not fast enough to play a bottom 3 role.....
not big enough to play a bottom 6 role....
not tough enough to play a bottom 6 role...

(at least Kassian can effectivlely play a bottom 6 role if he fails to become a top 6 player)

Zach Boychuk has average speed, but if your 5'10, and not good enough offensively, you will be on waivers very quickly. this is his last chance.


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Boychuk is a fast and offensively gifted forward. Plays with courage and toughness - played much of the WHL playoffs with a broken wrist in 2007-08. A bit lighter and smaller than ideal NHL forwards, he is highly-skilled and uses hockey smarts to overcome his limitations. Still learning the nuances of pro hockey and sometimes has lapses in the neutral and defensive zones.


Prospect guru Corey Pronman tweeted: "Boychuk is a very skilled player who is a great skater. A gifted forward who has had issues with consistency and pro level physical play."



Speed and skating is one of Boychuk's biggest strengths.. not sure quite what your talking about :wacko:
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Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

Good claim, but Boychuk with Malkin and Neal? I don't know about that...
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Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:16 AM

Surprised no one else wanted him. A high pick alone is good enough to get claimed, but he's had amazing AHL success and 20ish points in 80ish games to start his career is pretty good.
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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:14 AM

hes one of those guys that is.

not fast enough to play a bottom 3 role...


You know bottom 3 means 4th line right?

He would be one of the fastest 4th liners in the league
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

The rich get richer. This kid will turn out really good with the Pens I bet. I can't believe the Canucks did not take a flyer on him......they should have had a selection ahead of PIT, right?

WRONG as usual... so pathetic
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 03:59 PM

Zach Boychuk is a write-off. Gillis didn't "take a flyer on him" because he sucks. You guys overrate the sh*t out of people.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

ZB has played 2 games so far, playing 12 & 12:58 minutes.

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Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:51 PM

How did he make it all the way to the Pens?


That's what I'm wondering. The only reason I can see a team passing is if it means they'd have to demote someone themselves. And a lot of teams near the bottom, like Washington, might not want to risk losing a Marcus Johanssen to waivers. I imagine a lot of teams are up against the carryable contract limit right now. There was a big wave of players who got sent down the day before the Regular Season started, simply because you can only carry 23 players in the bigs. And while Boychuk isn't trash, he's not worthy of an NHL job over a terribly large amount of players right now. But, yes, it's still absolutely ridiculous that he fell halfway down the league without a real bottom team, a team where he could have played real minutes, like Columbus or Buffalo, didn't grab him.
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Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:01 PM

Brilliant move by the Penguins. Should develop much better surrounded with good players. If nothing else, Malkin and Neal wll inflate his stats and build up his value in a trade, so the Penguins get a free asset coming back.
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