Very much a hail mary type move here. Either he sticks as a skill player or he's gone. Martin Straka and Martin St Louis were waiver pick ups at one point. Not expecting anything like that, but it doesn't hurt considering the lack of skill on the wings.
Nobody can freak out if this move doesn't work. It didn't cost us a thing, and if we choose to send him down, the Canes will claim him and send him to Charlotte.
It's worth a shot...maybe we strike oil and this kid just fits. Kind of like Niskanen. By no means am I going to be sarcastic and complain about this move.....nor will I be all up in arms if it doesn't work.
At least it's an attempt to fix something...a cheap one, but it's an attempt.
I don't understand why people compare him to the Niskanen acquisition. Niskanen played very well for Dallas before he has a rough season and a half of the following year. But at least he showed he could produce in the NHL. Boychuk has been more like Tangradi, he couldn't earn a spot on the canes over the past 5 years. Niskanen had more points in his rookie season than Boychuk has in his career.
That being said, it's not a bad move. But I'm expecting him to fail as my confidence is shot regarding Shero.
I'm surprised no one mentioned the islanders claimed Granber off waivers and look how well that worked. I'm willing to bet Boychuk will be like Cal O'Reilly.
Best of luck to him, hopefully he sticks for you guys. He just wasn't going to do it on a team that's already on the small and soft side, and had blocked him with other young wingers. We couldn't give him real ice time, but we really couldn't shelter him either, and he showed no signs of knocking the door down or adapting his game to our needs. It just wasn't the right place for him here. It's entirely possible he goes out and finds a niche somewhere else.
FWIW, aside from the typical arguing over prospects and annual baseless speculation about conditioning coming into camp, I don't think anyone really had an issue with his personality or attitude. He seems like a good kid.