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02-03-2013, 10:20 PM
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In regards to the comments about Boychuk not being given a chance, this board loves, among other things, the anti-scapegoat. Some marginal player who never got a fair shake thanks to some deep dark conspiracy in the front office at PNC Arena. Patrick O'Sullivan provides another great example of this mentality. In 73 NHL games over the course of 5 seasons wearing the Sightless Eye, Boychuk has a grand total of 18 points. Complain all you want about how he was never given a fair look at top-line time with Staal, but what, precisely, did Boychuk ever do to show he belonged up there? I recall there being absolutely no chemistry between Boychuk and Staal and, in general, Boychuk was the Invisible Man on the ice. It's only here that we **** and moan the loss of a player who was scoring at a 0.25 PPG pace (that comes out to 3.6 points per season, folks). Of the rest of the forwards in his draft class, only Greg Nemisz has a lower PPG production (1 point in 15 NHL games) and the other two who are in a similar neighborhood, Nikita Filatov and Vktor Tikhonov, have predominantly chosen to play in the KHL.There are players throughout the NHL who simply never amount to what they were projected to be and Zach Boychuk is most likely one of them.

Boychuk's played two games in black and gold - let's see how he does over the course of more than two games. I have little doubt that the Pens will waive him at which point he'll unceremoniously return to a League where he's actually a competent player - the AHL as a Charlotte Checker.

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