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Canes to Recall Boychuk

Friday, 12.17.2010 / 1:05 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Canes to Recall Boychuk
With Jiri Tlusty suffering an upper-body injury in Thursday night’s shootout win over Atlanta, Zach Boychuk will get his first big-league opportunity of the season.

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Hurricanes General Manager Jim Rutherford said that the 21-year-old Boychuk would be recalled from the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers Friday evening. The Canes’ first-round pick in 2008 ranks tied for second in league scoring with 32 points (10g, 22a) in 28 games.

“He didn’t have as good of a training camp as he would have liked, but he did what all good players do in development leagues – he worked hard,” said Rutherford. “He’s earned the opportunity.”

Saturday’s home contest against Anaheim will mark Boychuk’s first NHL game of the season. Beginning with a two-game stint in his draft year, he’s played 33 total games with the Hurricanes, scoring 3 goals with 6 assists.

Rutherford said that he expected Boychuk to play in Tlusty’s spot on the left wing of either the third or fourth line. Tlusty had started the Atlanta game on the third unit with Patrick Dwyer and Chad LaRose, but that spot was filled by Sergei Samsonov after the injury.

The injury to Tlusty, which expected to sideline the 22-year-old Czech for “a week or two,” comes at an inopportune time. Rutherford believed that Tlusty, who had 2 goals in his last four games entering Thursday night, was just starting to round into form after a difficult start caused in part by offseason knee surgery.

“He’s a very smart player who is going to get better and better when he gets past these injuries,” said Rutherford. “The key for him is to get to the tough areas of the ice in front of the net to score goals.”

Tlusty was hurt in the first period when he was charged by the Thrashers’ Ben Eager while kneeling on the ice along the boards. Rutherford called the play “kind of a cheap shot” and said he initially feared for a worse prognosis.

“It’s not as bad as we expected,” he said.

Rutherford said that the key for Boychuk, however long this NHL stint will last, will be to keep displaying the consistency he’s showed since starting the season in Charlotte.

“He’s a guy that should be able to play in the top six (in the NHL),” said Rutherford. “He just has to get to the pace at this level and get through the grind of 82 games.”

The GM added that there were other players in Charlotte to consider for the spot, but Boychuk earned the nod due to the big numbers and strong work ethic he's displayed all season.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62