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Zach Boychuk excited to make Pens’ debut on line with Neal, Malkin

Feb 1, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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It looks like forward Zach Boychuk will make his Pittsburgh Penguins debut in style. He’s projected to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal Saturday afternoon, according to the Penguins’ official website.

Boychuk, 23, was claimed by the Penguins on Thursday after playing in 73 career games with the Carolina Hurricanes over parts of five seasons.

He never lived up to expectations after being selected with the 14th pick in 2008, but he has demonstrated his offensive skills in the minors.

“For me to jump into a game (Saturday) is the best way to do it,” Boychuk said. “I don’t want to be waiting and getting anxious. I want to get right into it. Getting to play with Malkin and Neal is pretty exciting. Hopefully, I can show my stuff and help the team.”

Pittsburgh will play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday and the Washington Capitals on Sunday.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Time tell if it works or not, but either way they acquired the guy without giving up anything so if it doesn’t work he goes back on waivers. No risk involved.

  2. csilojohnson - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Great no risk pick up. Havnt been to impressed with Jeffrey. TK looked good on that line. Brought a lot of needed energy. Unfortunatly Malkin didn’t focus any of that energy into his passing.
    Go Pens!

  3. odj810 - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    i think this is the opposite player needed on that line. He might get some points but who wouldn’t playing with those 2. he’s an outside player. they need someone who can win 1 on 1 battles

  4. ironcity6pak - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I’m excited about this guy, I feel like he will make this THE line. Big game for him, only worried about the flower starting in net. Vokoun set a high standard even if he got lucky last night

  5. ironman721 - Feb 2, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    I’m actually excited to see this kid get a shot. If he shows even just a little of the offense he had in the minors this year, it will be an improvement on the revolving door that is the Malkin/Neal line.

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