Sep 19, 2011; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Zach Boychuk (11) in play against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Pens Add Zach Boychuk Off Waivers


The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced the addition of forward Zach Boychuk.

The 23-year-old former first round pick was claimed off of waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was currently playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

Boychuk was having a good season.  Tallying 32 points (16G, 16A), he led the entire team in that category thus far.

He has just appeared in one Carolina Hurricanes game and that was the opener against the Florida Panthers.  He was unable to register a point in that game.

Boychuk was the 14th overall selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Hurricanes.  In his time with the Canes, the most games he was ever able to play in a season for them was 31.

He’s been in the AHL for most of his career.  But his best season for the Checkers came in 2010-2011, in which he recorded 65 points (22G, 43A) in 60 games.

The secondary scoring for the Penguins has been slow lately.  This may be a move to help insure that issue, or just help the AHL roster.

Taking a chance on a former first-rounder, with doubters to prove, this could be a good move.

Stay tuned for more Pens moves.

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