The Carolina Hurricanes placed Zach Boychuk on waivers once again, with the intention of sending the forward back to the Charlotte Checkers for a fifth season.
Boychuk, 25, was selected by Carolina in the first round (14th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft and is coming off a season with the Checkers in which he claimed the Willie Marshall Award as the American Hockey League’s top goal-scorer (36) and was named as an second-team AHL All-Star.
Charlotte will know by noon Tuesday if Boychuk has been claimed. He was claimed off waivers by Pittsburg and Nashville during the lockout-shortened 2013 season before eventually returning to the Checkers.
Monday was the final day for NHL teams to place players on waivers to have their rosters under the 23-man limit before Tuesday’s deadline, meaning Boychuk won’t be alone on the waiver wire.
“We’ll touch base if (Boychuk) gets through waivers,” Charlotte coach Jeff Daniels told Paul Branecky of gocheckers.com Monday. “But obviously there will be disappointment because he really threw himself into training this summer hoping that this was going to be the year he sticks.”
In five exhibitions with Carolina, Boychuk was a minus-2 with eight shots on goal in 14 minutes, 42 seconds of ice time. He appeared in 11 games for the Hurricanes last season and registered four points.
The Checkers’ training camp roster stands at 24 players. Although there is no roster limit in the AHL, Daniels told Branecky his goal is “to trim the team to 22 or 23 players by this weekend’s games.”
“It doesn’t really matter when you get sent down,” Daniels said. “It’s what happens in the next week or month from now or two months from now. He needs to come down and play his game so that if (Carolina) needs a guy with injuries or whatever, he’s playing so well down here that he gets a second chance. Chucky, in the past, has always come to play.”
Boychuk ranks second all-time on the Checkers in goals (102), assists (124), points (226), power-play points (102), power-play assists (56) and game-winning goals (17).