After passing on him once earlier this season, the Nashville Predators got a second chance to claim Zach Boychuk on waivers – and they’ve done exactly that.
Another @predsnhl waiver claim today – Zach Boychuk, the 14th overall pick in the 2008 Entry Draft
— KWilsonPreds (@KWilsonPreds) March 5, 2013
Earlier this season, when the Carolina Hurricanes first waived Zach Boychuk, I asked you if you thought David Poile should take a chance on the speedy young forward. You responded with an overwhelming “yes” vote by a final tally of 51-11.
Back then I wrote this about Boychuk:
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.
Zach Boychuk and fellow waiver pickup Bobby Butler will both play their first game for the Nashville Predators later this week against the Edmonton Oilers.