Zach Boychuk will get his chance in the Hurricanes lineup this weekend. Paul Branecky reported the following on twitter just a few moments ago:
Zach Boychuk will be recalled to replace Jiri Tlusty, who is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury, says Rutherford.
I will edit this post to add the official press release once it is published. In the meantime, Paul has posted some additional information in his Tracking the Storm blog.
On a related note, the Charlotte Checkers are reporting that they have called up Jared Staal from the Florida Everblades to replace Boychuk.
More details will be posted as they become available.
Edit 12/17 5:30 pm: Following is the official press release from the Hurricanes:
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled forward Zach Boychuk from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Boychuk is being recalled on emergency conditions for forward Jiri Tlusty (YIH-ree T’LOO-stee), who suffered an upper-body injury in the team’s game at Atlanta on Thursday.
Boychuk, 21, leads the Checkers and is tied for second among all AHL skaters with 32 points this season, while skating in all 28 of Charlotte’s games. His 22 assists also lead the team and rank sixth in the AHL. The Airdrie, Alb., native is in his second full professional season, and has yet to play a game this year with the Hurricanes. Boychuk (5’10”, 185 lbs.) has played in 33 career NHL regular-season games with Carolina, scoring three goals and earning six assists (9 points). The Hurricanes drafted Boychuk in the first round, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.