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Penguins place Zach Boychuk back on waivers (Claimed by Nashville)
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02-06-2013, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by
Boom Boom Anton
This has always been the conundrum with Boychuk in Carolina. He has good speed and offensive skills, but not strong on his skates or with the puck. He also seemed to disappear whenever someone laid a big hit on him. I think that, more than anything led to the inconsistency the Canes saw in him.
His game hasn't really been suited to a bottom 6 role (if your 3rd line is a defensive line) either as that was tried some under Maurice. So in Carolina, it was either top 6 or nothing. Not that he can't change that, but grit, defensive play and going into the dirty areas haven't been his game thus far.
Other guys were able to garner line-up spots even though they don't have as much offensive skill as Boychuk because they rounded out the other parts of their game. Tlusty is very good defensively, very good on the forecheck and developed some chemistry with E. Staal. Skinner was outstanding offensively and much stronger. Bowman is much better defensively and much more physical, even though he isn't nearly as skilled as Boychuk which made Bowman better suited to a 3rd line role.
He never got much of a chance under Muller (only 4 games last year and this year) so I still would like to see him get an extended look in a top 6 role to see what the kid can really do.
Great post Boom Boom... thanks for stopping back to give more insight. I do see the potential that other people have seen in him, but whatever workout regimen or training they had going in Carolina was maybe not focused on the right things. He doesn't need the typical "NHL bulk-up" workout... he probaby needs a mix lower body strength and mass conditioning, and some of those funky balance workouts where you're standing on a lever-type thing with people throwing you a medicine ball, etc.
If he can eventually stay on his skates / absorb contact like a regular NHLer, he could be really good. I agree he's not a Bottom 6 type player unless you try to make your 3rd line a hybrid line and not pure shut-down. Could work with Sutter... but he's pretty small for the bottom 6 so for him to stick there I think he'd have to make a definite offensive impact to offset whatever defensive weakness he might show.
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