Riley Boychuk, who spent all of last season with the Central Hockey League’s Fort Worth Brahmas, has been dealt to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Henrik Tallinder.
The deal, which was a cap clearing move for the Devils, would only go through if the Devils took a contract back the other way. Boychuk, 22, was the contract the Devils are taking on.
Drafted by the Sabres in the seventh round of 2010, Boychuk is a bubble player at the minor league level. He may not necessarily make his way into the AHL, but it gives the AHL’s Devils another option at left wing.
In 26 games at the AHL level in 2011-12, Boychuk had two assists and 18 PIM, but failed to register a goal. He would spend 20 games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators, and helped out with five points (1-4). If Boychuk finds his way onto the Albany roster this season, all signs point to it being in a third- or fourth-line role.
From Lou Lamoriello, via Rich Chere:
Boychuk will not play in the NHL next season. He is on a two-way contract. Lamoriello: “He’s a minor league player.”
— Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) July 7, 2013