The Tennessean has reported that the Nashville Predators have placed forward Zach Boychuk on waivers.
Boychuk played five games with the Predators, notching one goal and one assist while averaging roughly 13:40 per night.
This is the third time this season that Zach Boychuk has been on the waiver wire. The first time came early in the year when the Carolina Hurricanes, the team that originally drafted him, didn’t have room for him on their NHL roster and wanted to send him back to the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. He was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and played seven games with them before being placed on waivers a second time. That’s when Nashville grabbed him.
“I think Zach has a lot of ability, but we really just didn’t see enough bite in his game to go further right now,” Nashville head coach Barry Trotz told the Tennessean. “He is a project, but I think in time he could play in the league if he makes some of the right adjustments in his game.”
Trotz says there isn’t enough “bite” in Boychuk’s game, but the same could be said for basically everybody on the Nashville roster right now. In the end it looks like the team decided to stick with the players they know instead of giving the new kid a chance. There’s still a chance that Boychuk could end up remaining with the Nashville Predators organization. If nobody claims him he can be assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals. I’d like to see him stay with the organization because it didn’t feel like he really got a fair shake here. Either way, I wish him the best and hope he gets to play wherever he lands.