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Preds keep mining waivers, claim Boychuk from Pittsburgh

Mar 5, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

Zach Boychuk

The Nashville Predators have claimed a forward off waivers for the second straight day, this time getting Zach Boychuk from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

On Monday, Nashville acquired Bobby Butler from New Jersey.

Boychuk, 23, was Carolina’s first-round pick (14th overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in 73 games for the ‘Canes before being acquired off waivers by Pittsburgh in late January.

The former WHL Lethbridge standout then played seven games for Pittsburgh before being placed on waivers again.

Speaking of Pittsburgh, it seems Penguins prospect Beau Bennett‘s demotion to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was short-lived.

With Boychuk gone, a roster spot has been cleared and Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette reports Bennett is back at Pens practice, skating on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

As for what to expect from Boychuk in Nashville…

He’s been a solid producer at the AHL level (a two-time 20-goal scorer) but that’s failed to translate at the NHL level — in 80 career games he has just 7G-11A-18PTs, including goose eggs across the board this season in eight games split between the ‘Canes and Pens.

  1. gregman98 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    If Boychuck couldn’t produce with Malkin on his line, I don’t think the Preds will need to stock up on goal light lamps.

  2. withseidelinn - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Potentially a good pickup for an offensively starved Nashville team. Its pretty hard to score any less goals than they are right now. Although getting a guy with 0’s across the board may not be ideal…

  3. mouthbreethingslayer - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Dumpster diving for bodies on the cheap will become common practice for the Preds management because of the Weber contract they obviously cannot afford. Ice hockey is not viable below the Mason-Dixon.

    • vshehane - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Could you be more of a moron? Mouth breather seems appropriate.

  4. Stiller43 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Really wish he could have carved out a role for himself with geno and neal…

    Oh well. Best of luck boychuk.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      I agree – do you feel like they really gave him enough of a chance, though? I didn’t DISLIKE anything he was/wasn’t doing, and would have like to have seen a little bit more, before they gave him up.

    • Tyler - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I wish they could have somehow claimed Tyler Kennedy instead.

  5. sgtr0c - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    Since Weber is about 75% of their pay roll, can’t he play winger a bit?

  6. Stiller43 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:59 PM


    Yeah i actually thought he was doin pretty solid…obviously that hadnt resulted in any points, however. I would have loved a longer look.

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