As Nashville Predators fans know very well by looking at their favorite team’s fourth line, Preds GM David Poile is a big fan of waiver acquisitions. You don’t have to give anything up to take them on, and sometimes you’ll find a diamond in the rough who can fit right in with your team.
With Patric Hornqvist for three to four weeks, Poile likely has his eye on the waiver wire as a way to shore up Nashville’s offense. If that’s the case, there’s no doubt he noticed that the Carolina Hurricanes put forward Zach Boychuk up for grabs today.
ZACH BOYCHUK – CAROLINA HURRICANES
The first round pick (14th overall) for Carolina in the 2008 draft, Zach Boychuk was considered a top prospect alongside others in his class like Drew Doughty, Steven Stamkos, and Luke Schenn. He has spent most of his time as a professional in the American Hockey League, where he’s been a solid producer.
Though he has had a few bright spots in the NHL, including a two-goal performance against Ottawa in 2010-11, his time in the show has been a very different experience for Boychuk than his stint in the AHL. He’s also played in different situations on a Carolina team that has no lack of offensive punch.
Zach Boychuk is a fast and offensively gifted forward, the kind we don’t see around Nashville too often. He’s also on the small side, so if Nashville were to claim him he would be following in the footsteps of a long line of smallish, gifted Predators forwards (Paul Kariya, Steve Sullivan, Cliff Ronning). However, he is known to lapse defensively from time to time; he and Craig Smith might get to be the best of friends hanging out in the doghouse together.
Boychuk would add some offensive talent to a team that’s desperately in need of shots on goal, and he plays left wing, a position that’s a bit shallow in the Nashville organization right now. He could add another option on the power play as well as in the shootout, where Nashville has had trouble this season. He also wouldn’t cost anything to pick up and could be placed back on waivers if he didn’t add anything to the team. Given the low risk in acquiring him, he seems like like the perfect David Poile pickup: a low risk with a potentially high reward.
What do you think?
Should the Nashville Predators claim Zach Boychuk on waivers?
- Yes (100%, 62 Votes)
- No (0%, 11 Votes)
Total Voters: 62