it may just be my man crush on this guy talking but the hurricanes placed zach boychuk on waivers today... and the flames need to claim him! he is a former 14th overall pick, a C which we could definitly use depth at and he is only 22 years old! and we all know the flames desperatly need some prospects and here is a pretty good one (imo) right in front of them for free!
here is what hockeyfuture.com had to say about him:
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.
Should crack the Hurricanes lineup this season. In the long-term, has the ability to be a solid second line forward with the ability to play in all situations. His offensive instincts also suggest power play potential
he had a bit of a down year last season getting just 44 points in 64 games played but the year before that he registered 65 points in 60 games and 7 points in 23 games with Carolina.
he is a former 1st round pick who had a lot of hype around him but has been unable to crack the hurricanes roster yet. I think a change of scenery would do him very well. Better yet he is a Alberta boy who may get charged up with a move back home!
One of the few things the NHL and the NHL Players Association agreed on this week was a mechanism for shipping players to the AHL in case of a lockout.
Players who are subject to clearing waivers and who are waived before the Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at midnight Saturday can be assigned to the AHL and then can return without re-entry waivers if they are recalled three days before play resumes.
That includes those on two-way contracts, and already there has been a flood of players assigned to the AHL.
I originally wanted Boychuck that year, but according to Cane's fans he hasn't bulked up enough to play in the NHL much as a top six as he keeps getting pushed around and knocked out, and he isn't the type of player you can put on a bottom six role.