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.
The NHL’s lowest-scoring team added some punch up front on Monday as the Nashville Predators announced they claimed forward Bobby Butler off waivers from New Jersey.
Butler, 25, had appeared in 14 games with the Devils this season, registering 1G-1A-2PTS and a minus-6 rating while averaging just under 10 minutes per game.
The former University of New Hampshire standout was once pegged to be a solid scorer at the NHL level — he scored 21 points in his first 38 games with the Ottawa Senators — but has since fallen on tough times.
He only mustered 16 points in 56 games with the Sens a year ago, was allowed to walk as a free agent, then signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Devils in August.
“Definitely disappointing,” Butler told NorthJersey.com about being waived. “You obviously want to play in every game and be there and try to help the team win, but you can only control what you can control and just have to stay focused.”
With the move, Butler will be reunited with ex-Senators teammate Mike Fisher.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
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29-year-old forward Kevin Westgarth was a major part of the CBA negotiations and impressed NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in the process. (The News & Observer)
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New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson often gets overshadowed by John Tavares, but in Tavares’ words, “he does a lot of things no one sees.” One thing’s for sure, with 17 points in 14 games, Moulson is having yet another strong season. (New York Newsday)
Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp picked a great time to end his 10-game goal scoring slump. (Chicago Tribune)
Derek Stepan scored a power-play goal to help the Rangers win their fourth contest in five games. You can check out the highlights from the Rangers-Capitals contest below:
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This summer, Bobby Butler signed a two-way deal with New Jersey in the hopes of reviving his NHL career.
This past week, he made strides in achieving that goal.
Butler was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday after scoring 6G-1A-7PTS in three games for the Albany Devils, New Jersey’s minor league affiliate.
Most of his production occurred last Wednesday in a 6-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Butler tied two Albany franchise records — goals (four) and points (five) in a single game — scoring once in the first period, twice in the second period and then once more in the third.
For good measure, Butler also scored the game winning goal against the Penguins — shorthanded, no less.
The former AHL All-Star Game MVP has registered 10G-5A-15PTS in 22 contests for the Devils, leading the team in goals, power-play goals (three) and game-winning goals (three).
Butler spent last season in Ottawa but, this past summer, was put on waivers and eventually bought out by the club. New Jersey signed him to a one-year, $525,000 deal in August.
As teams prep for the oncoming lockout, the Devils sent 24 players down to their AHL affiliate in Albany and there’s a couple standout names among them.
Playoff hero Adam Henrique and 2011 first-round pick Adam Larsson are part of the group of 24 who will start their seasons in the minor leagues.
Henrique was the clutch player for New Jersey on their run to the Stanley Cup finals last year scoring big overtime goals against both the Panthers and Rangers. Larsson, meanwhile, showed glimpses of stardom in his first season with the Devils but could benefit from tons of ice time in Albany.
Other players joining them in Albany are forwards Jacob Josefson, Mattias Tedenby, and recently signed scorer Bobby Butler. With these guys starting the year in Albany, perhaps the Devils can move out of the league basement in attendance.