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Carolina Hurricanes recall Zach Boychuk, place Jeff Skinner on IR

As the Canes' early season injury woes mount, a familiar face earns a recall from Charlotte.

Zach Boychuk has earned a recall just a week into the new season.
Zach Boychuk has earned a recall just a week into the new season.
Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday made their second call to Charlotte of the young season, recalling Zach Boychuk from the Checkers. Boychuk returns to the Hurricanes less than a week after he was the final cut from the Canes' training camp, and in his short time with the Checkers he already has seen the scoresheet, scoring a goal in the Checkers' 6-3 season-opening loss to the Chicago Wolves.

Boychuk takes the roster spot of Jeff Skinner, who was placed on injured reserve retroactive to October 5, the date on which he suffered a concussion in the Canes' final preseason game on a check from Matt Niskanen of the Washington Capitals. The team has not released any word on the status of Eric Staal or Patrick Dwyer, both of whom left Saturday's game against the Islanders with injuries.

The press release made no mention of Boychuk's recall being an emergency one, and if that is indeed the case he will need to clear waivers again to be reassigned to Charlotte. However, Patrick Brown is exempt from waivers, and it could be that the Canes plan to assign Brown to the Checkers when one of the injured players returns, keeping Boychuk on the roster for now.

The release from the team is below.

Jeff Skinner placed on injured reserve

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice 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). In addition, the Hurricanes placed forward Jeff Skinner on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 5.

Boychuk, 25, has scored one goal in two games for the Checkers this season. The Airdrie, Alb., native appeared in 11 games with the Hurricanes in 2013-14, totaling four points (1g, 3a) and earning a plus-1 rating. Boychuk (5’10", 185 lbs.) won the AHL’s Willie Marshall Award as that league’s top goal-scorer with 36 goals last season.

The Hurricanes’ first pick, 14th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Boychuk has tallied 24 points (9g, 15a) in 96 career NHL games with Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville.