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Although Johnny Boychuk has only played in three games this season and a total of four in a Boston Bruins uniform, he still looks like he could very well be a future star for Boston. He was drafted back in 2002 in the Early Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, but didn’t suit up for the Avs until the 2007-08 season, in which he played four games without recording a point or penalty minute.
The 25-year-old has spent most of his time playing for AHL or minor league teams. Although he is primarily a defenseman, his first NHL game with the Avalanche was playing on the wing and he has become more of scoring threat than a strong defensive player.
In June of 2008, Boychuk was traded to the Bruins for Matt Hendricks, who is still with the Avalanche and has had a very limited role as well. Once he arrived in Boston, Boychuk immediately went down to the Providence Bruins to start the 2008-09 season. In his first week with Providence, he was awarded “AHL Player of the Week.”
After appearing in one game with Boston in December of 2008, Boychuk returned to Providence and had a stellar season in which he won the Eddie Shore Award (AHL top defenseman). During his 2008-09 season with Providence he scored 20 goals and 45 assists in 75 games en route to being named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team. The Edmonton native was one of the best scoring defensemen in the AHL all of last year and the Bruins hope that he can bring his talent to the NHL and help Boston on the offensive end.