News:Johnny Boychuk scored a goal in Sunday's win over the Rangers in Game 2 of the Bruins' second-round playoff series.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk notched just one goal in 44 regular season games, but his dangerous shot has already hit the back of the net three times in nine playoff games to date.
News:Johnny Boychuk's head went into the boards in the second period Thursday after a hit by the Rangers' Taylor Pyatt.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk stayed down on the ice for a while, skated back to the bench, went back to the locker room, then returned to the game fairly quickly. It seems he avoided any major injury.
News:Johnny Boychuk scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Leafs.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk has now scored in both of the Bruins' playoff games out of the gate. This comes after managing just one goal and six points during the regular season, but Boychuk does have a big shot and now has eight goals and 20 points in 47 career playoff games to date. That compares very favorably to the 14 goals and 52 points he has notched in 246 regular season games overall.
News:Johnny Boychuk is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Flyers, based on warmups, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: With Adam McQuaid back, the Bruins have enough blue-line depth to strategically rest the likes of Boychuck down the stretch. The rugged and dependable defender checks in with six points, 71 hits and 80 blocked shots in 41 games this year.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot) saw 16:30 worth of ice time in his return to action Saturday against the Flyers.
Analysis: Boychuck blocked four shots and took two of his own in his first game since March 21, recording a minus-1 rating in the process. With Boychuck back in the B's blue line mix, Matt Bartkowski was a healthy scratch Saturday.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot) is participating in pregame warmups Saturday.
Analysis: It sounds like Johnny Boychuk is poised to return, which isn't a surprise given that he was a full participant in Friday's practice.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Flyers, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk has notched just one goal and five points in 29 games to date, but after a 6-5 shootout loss to Montreal on Wednesday, he'd be a welcome addition to the B's blue line Saturday. Boychuk's 62 blocked shots are second on the team to Dennis Seidenberg and from an attacking standpoint, his booming shot can be an asset to the Bruins.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot) was a full participant in practice Friday, CSN New England reports.
Analysis: It remains unclear if Johnny Boychuk will return for the weekend's slate of games against the Flyers and Sabres. Expect an update on his status following Saturday's morning skate.
News: The Bruins have placed Johnny Boychuk (foot) on IR, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk is eligible to come off injured reserve as soon as Saturday against Philadelphia, with both Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski on hand to fill in for him if he is unavailable for that contest.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Montreal, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk participated in the Bruins' morning skate Wednesday, which suggests that he is close to a return to action. If Boychuk gets the green light Wednesday, then either Aaron Johnson or Matt Bartkowski would presumably be a healthy scratch.
News: According to Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa, Johnny Boychuk (foot) appears out for Wednesday's game against Montreal.
Analysis: We'll make note if this expectation changes, but it appears as if Johnny Boychuk will miss his third straight game. He skated Wednesday morning, though, so a return shouldn't be far off.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot) won't play Monday against the Leafs, TSN's Mark Masters reports.
Analysis: With Boychuck still day-to-day, Matt Bartkowski will continue to fill in on the B's blue line Monday, likely paired with Andrew Ference.
News:Johnny Boychuk (foot), who missed Saturday's game against the Leafs, is day-to-day, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk, who was hurt trying to block a shot during Friday's practice, was spotted walking into Air Canada Centre on Saturday morning without limitations, which suggests that the day-to-day designation is a reasonable one for the blueliner.
News:Johnny Boychuk (leg) will not play against Toronto on Saturday, Boston Globe writer Fluto Shinzawa reports.
Analysis: Boychuck appeared to suffer the injury after a shot clanged off his leg in Friday's practice. Consider him no worse than day-to-day.
News:Johnny Boychuk left practice Friday after taking a shot off his right leg, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk has notched just one goal and five points in 29 games to date, but his booming shot remains something that opposing teams must account for.
News: Boychuck (knee) returned to the Boston lineup for Thursday's playoff opener against the Capitals.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk logged 17:58 worth of ice time Thursday and did not appear hampered by the knee issue that sidelined him late in the season. Though his stats this season were modest (15 points in 77 games), Boychuk's booming shot is a weapon that keeps opposing defenders/goalies on their toes.
News:Johnny Boychuk (knee) is likely to be in the Bruins' lineup Thursday against the Capitals, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk will take warmups with the Bruins on Thursday, so assuming no setbacks there, he seems likely to give it a go. Mike Mottau is on hand however, in the event that Boychuck is scratched.
News:Johnny Boychuk (left knee sprain) skated under the watch of strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides on Monday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: It's thought that Johnny Boychuk will be available for Thursday's playoff opener, but either way, assuming no setbacks, he's no worse than day-to-day.
News: Coach Claude Julien expects Johnny Boychuk (knee) to be available for Game 1 of the playoffs, the Boston Globe reports. "I don't see any reason right now why he shouldn't be ready for the start," Julien said Saturday.
Analysis: With just five goals and 15 points in 77 games this season, Johnny Boychuk is not an obvious target in playoff pools. Those inclined to back the Bruins though should note that the hard-shooting blueliner accumulated nine points in 25 games during the Bruins' run to the Cup last year.
News:Johnny Boychuk (lower body) will not play against Buffalo on Saturday, BostonBruins.com reports.
Analysis: Although he's not playing Saturday, Johnny Boychuk is expected to be ready for the first round of the playoffs.
News: Coach Claude Julien said that Johnny Boychuk (left knee sprain), "is improving as predicted," and is day-to-day, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: We don't expect to see Boychuck in Saturday's regular season finale, but the report notes the the blueliner is expected to be ready to play Game 1 of the playoffs. Though he has racked up just five goals and 15 points in 77 games to date, Johnny Boychuk has a booming shot and he displayed some utility in playoff pools last year, with nine points in 25 games in the Bruins' run to the Cup.
News:Johnny Boychuk has a mild knee sprain and is considered day-to-day, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Though we wouldn't expect to see Boychuck in the Bruins' season finale Saturday -- he has already been ruled out for Thursday -- it sounds like his absence won't be an extended one. Still, his status for the team's playoff opener is uncertain.
News: Boychuck (leg) will not travel with the Bruins for Thursday's game against Ottawa, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: As bad as Boychuck's apparent leg injury looked Tuesday, without being specific, coach Claude Julien seemed confident Wednesday that there'd be positive news on the blueliner. Consider Boychuck day-to-day for now.
News: Boychuck, who sustained what appeared to be a lower-body injury Tuesday, will be reevaluated Wednesday, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Coach Claude Julien said "fingers crossed" when asked Tuesday night about Boychuck's status, which hints at some concern.
News:Johnny Boychuk, who headed to the locker room in the third period of Sunday's game against the Penguins after an Evgeni Malkin hit, was able to return to the game.
Analysis: The Bruins lost Adam McQuaid in the game, so Johnny Boychuk's return represents very good news for the banged-up team. The heavy-shooting Boychuck has only notched 13 points in 65 games to date, but before Sunday, he had scored goals in each of his previous two games.
News:Johnny Boychuk headed to the locker room in the third period Sunday after an Evgeni Malkin check left him apparently dazed.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk was recently concussed, so presumably he'll be evaluated to see if he has sustained another one, or if he just got the wind knocked out of him.
News:Johnny Boychuk (concussion) returned to the lineup in Saturday's 3-2 loss against the Islanders.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk was on the ice for 20:24 and had three shots, four hits, and a blocked shot. He did not have a point and his plus-minus was even. Use him as you normally would going forward, whatever that might mean for those in deeper leagues.
News: Coach Claude Julien said Friday that Johnny Boychuk (concussion) remains day-to-day, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk has been progressing well, but the Bruins added enough blue line depth at the trade deadline to proceed cautiously with him.
News:Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a concussion last Saturday, was at practice Friday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: We'll still consider Boychuck day-to-day heading into the weekend, but barring any setbacks, it looks like he could be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.
News:Johnny Boychuk (concussion) participated in an optional morning skate Thursday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk will not play Thursday against New Jersey, but he is progressing well from his concussion, which suggests that his absence may not be a lengthy one.
News:Johnny Boychuk (concussion) skated on his own prior to Wednesday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk is viewed as day-to-day at this point, with the Bruins likely to take a cautious approach with him here after having acquired some blue line depth at the trade deadline.
News:Johnny Boychuk (concussion) will not play Tuesday against the Senators, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Though Boychuck's concussion has been described as mild, it's safe to say that he's out indefinitely. The Bruins added blueliners Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau at the trade deadline, experienced depth acquisitions which reduce the urgency to get Johnny Boychuk back in the lineup.
News: GM Peter Chiarelli said Monday that Johnny Boychuk has a mild concussion, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: The Bruins didn't make any flashy moves at the trade deadline, but the acquisitions of defenseman Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau give the team some solid blue line depth to turn to while Johnny Boychuk is concussed, and beyond that as the playoffs approach.
News:Johnny Boychuk is still feeling "concussion symptoms" as of Monday, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Now that Johnny Boychuk is officially concussed, he's officially day-to-day, but it's pretty clear that he's going to miss some time. The Bruins were already looking to add blue line depth at the NHL trade deadline, but Boychuk's status would appear to make such a move all the more necessary.
News:Johnny Boychuk (head) did not practice Monday, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: There are fears that Johnny Boychuk may have suffered a concussion Saturday and if that's the case he'll miss some time, which would open the door for Andrew Bodnarchuk (or a trade acquisition) to fill in for him on the Bruins' blue line.
News:Johnny Boychuk, who was the recipient of a heavy Chris Neil hit on Saturday, is still shaking off the cobwebs, the Boston Globe reports. "Johnny's still having headaches," said GM Peter Chiarelli on Sunday. "We're not sure if it's a concussion, or if it officially can be called a concussion at this point--but we'll know more about that tomorrow."
Analysis: Whether he's concussed or not, Boychuck obviously had his bell rung, which puts him in the day-to-day category as Tuesday's game against the Senators approaches. Either way, look for the Bruins to add some blue line depth prior to Monday's trade deadline.
News:Johnny Boychuk left Saturday's game after being obliterated by Chris Neil in a clean, open-ice hit in the Bruins' zone. He did not return.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk was gaining steam up the right wing and was hit just before he released a pass. The hit was reminiscent of a car hitting the tree -- Boychuk was stopped dead in his tracks and Neil was rattled but completely undamaged. Find a replay -- it could be the hit of the season. Unfortunately, Boychuk appeared to have been seriously hurt; more as it becomes available.
News:Johnny Boychuk agreed to a three-year extension with Boston on Tuesday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: The deal is reportedly worth roughly $3.36 million per year. Johnny Boychuk's point totals are modest (just 10 in 53 games this year), but his plus-10, plus-15 and plus-23 ratings over the past three seasons are more indicative of his usefulness to Boston.
News:Johnny Boychuk was a plus-3 in Thursday's 9-0 win over the Flames. Overall, he is plus-20 on the season.
Analysis: With just seven points (including three goals) in 36 games, Johnny Boychuk's fantasy impact has been limited, but his big shot is a weapon that will earn him the occasional tally and result in some rebounds that could turn into a few more helpers as the season progresses.
News:Johnny Boychuk returned to the Boston lineup Saturday against the Islanders, recording 16:40 of ice time.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk has a rocket for a shot, but with just five points (including two goals) in 17 games to date, his fantasy impact has been modest.
News:Johnny Boychuk (illness) took part in Saturday's morning skate, according to the Bruins' official Twitter page.
Analysis: The illness kept Johnny Boychuk out of the Bruins' last game Thursday, but it's not yet clear if it will cost him another - Boychuk will be a game-time decision Saturday night.
News:Johnny Boychuk (illness) was not spotted in warmups Thursday prior to Thursday's game against Columbus, the Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Boychuck's absence due to flu-like symptoms opens the door for the return to the Bruins' lineup of fellow blueliner Andrew Ference.
News: Boyhuck is questionable for Thursday's game against the Blue Jackets due to an illness, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis:Johnny Boychuk, dealing with flu-like symptoms, did not take part in Thursday's morning skate. If Boychuk is unable to go, Andrew Ference (lower body) would replace him in the lineup.
News: After reviewing the play that saw Mason Raymond injured by a Boychuck check Monday, the NHL's acting disciplinarian, Mike Murphy, ruled that it was an "awkward collision" which did not merit a suspension, The Globe and Mail reports.
Analysis: The play left Raymond with a vertebrae compression fracture, a very unfortunate outcome, but to the naked eye, it didn't look like Boychuck was out to injure his opponent, a conclusion the NHL's ruling supports.
News: Boychuk ran Vancouver's Mason Raymond head first into the boards early in Monday's Game 6 victory.
Analysis: Raymond was stretchered off the ice after just 20 seconds of ice time. The hit will be reviewed and discussed, so don't be surprised to hear Boychuk's name mentioned Tuesday as to whether he will be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7.
News: Boychuk will play in Wednesday's Game 6 against the Lightning on Wednesday despite bouncing his head off the glass in the third period of Monday's 3-1 win over Tampa Bay, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: "I was a little foggy," Boychuk acknowledged about how he felt after being checked by Steve Downie on Monday. "But after I got off the ice, I felt totally fine." Good news for the Bruins, a team that has been hit hard by concussions over the past couple of seasons. Boychuck has three goals and five points in 16 playoff contests thus far to go along with a plus-4 rating and 35 (often bone-jarring) hits.
News: Following Monday's Game 5 win over the Lightning, coach Claude Julien said that Boychuk, who was shaken up in the third period after he was checked into the boards, was fine, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: He appeared to have rung his bell, as a result of a Steve Downie hit that resulted in the blueliner's helmet smacking the boards, but if Julien's comments are to be taken at face value, it sounds like Boychuk will be available for Wednesday's Game 6. If not, Shane Hnidy and Steven Kampfer are on hand to step in if necessary.
News: Boychuk took a late hit from Tampa Bay's Steve Downie that sent him into the boards during the third period of Monday's 3-1, Game 5 win.
Analysis: Boychuk played 16:09 finishing even with no points. The hit will likely come under scrutiny, but the B's did get a power play out of it. Stay tuned, as Boychuk likely will play in Game 6 if it's not too bad.
News: Boychuk scored for the second straight game -- eight days apart -- as Boston dropped Game 1 of the Conference Finals to Tampa Bay on Saturday, 5-2. His tally came in garbage time, with the Bruins down 5-1 and a minute to go in the game.
Analysis: After taking the collar for his first nine postseason starts, he's now made three scoresheets in a row. He is not to be mistaken for a dynamic scorer, however; he had just 16 points in 69 regular-season games.
News: Boychuk, who was rested for Thursday's game against the Maple Leafs, will play for the Bruins on Saturday against Atlanta, according to the Boston Globe.
Analysis: He'll be out there contributing with hits and blocks, though Boychuk usually leaves the scoring to the other Boston blueliners. That said, he has five games to eclipse his high of 15 points from last year. He's currently at 14.
News: Boychuk is being given the night off Thursday against the Maple Leafs, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Steven Kampfer, who has been a healthy scratch recently, will have a chance to suit up Thursday as the B's make a late-season cycling move here to help keep Boychuck fresh heading into the playoffs.
News: Boychuk scored a goal in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Chicago.
Analysis: Boychuk has just 14 points (three of them goals) in 64 games, but two of his tallies and three of his points have come over his last four games. Though his 2010-11 numbers aren't that shiny, Boychuk does have a cannon of a shot and he makes a sneaky endgame play for those in fantasy pools interested in backing the Bruins.
News: Boychuck saw 18:16 worth of ice time in Tuesday's win over the Flames.
Analysis: Boychuk, who was a healthy scratch this past Friday against Ottawa, was back in the B's lineup Tuesday, paired with top blueliner Zdeno Chara. With just 10 points in 48 games, Boychuck is currently off the fantasy radar and since he's unlikely to see much power play duty as long as the team's backline is healthy, his upside is limited for now.
News: Boychuk was a healthy scratch Tuesday against Toronto, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: It was the first first time this season that Boychuck was the odd man out on the team's crowded blue line. Going forward, look for the Bruins to mix things up in terms of scratches, as long as their backline remains healthy. Perhaps some time in the press box -- and the perspective that offers -- will be good for Boychuck, whose production (one goal and nine points in 46 games) has been something of a disappointment.
News: Boychuck racked up 15 penalty minutes in 15:13 worth of ice time in Wednesday's 8-6 win over Montreal.
Analysis: Boychuck has a rocket for a shot, but his production this season (one goal and nine points in 44 games) has been disappointing. With the Bruins' defensive corps currently in good health, Mark Stuart has been a healthy scratch of late, but the Boston Globe speculates that the team could decide to sit Boychuck if Stuart re-enters the mix in the near future.
News: Boychuk (forearm) played 18:20 in his return to the lineup after close to a month-long absence. He didn't register on the scoresheet, but had three shots on goal.
Analysis: The Bruins like Boychuk's shot and the general consensus seems to be he'll get significant power-play time this year, so he has the potential to be a high-reward pickup right now.
News: Coach Claude Julien said that Boychuk (forearm) remains a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Panthers, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Boychuk is clearly getting close, and when he returns, Adam McQuaid is likely headed for the press box.
News: Boychuk (forearm) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Rangers, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: He's getting close though, so if Boychuck is still kicking around on the waiver wire in deeper leagues, he's worth a pickup, since his big shot figures to earn him some time on the B's power play once he's back.
News: Boychuk (forearm) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, the Bruins' official site reports.
Analysis: Take a wait-and-see approach with Boychuk in terms of deploying him in fantasy lineups, but if he's available as a free agent, especially in deeper leagues, he's worth a look by those looking to add some blue line depth.
News: Boychuk (forearm) is now considered day-to-day and might be available Wednesday against the Rangers, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Boychuk, who had three assists in six games prior to sustaining his injury, is not a high profile name, but he has a big shot and could be a low-end fantasy option if/when he is fully healthy and starts seeing some power play time for the B's.
News: Boychuk took shots on a goalie Friday for the first time since he broke his left forearm Oct. 23, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: The initial estimate for Boychuck's return was four weeks, so a return as soon as next weekend remains possible.
News: Boychuk will miss the next four weeks after being diagnosed with a slight fracture in his left forearm, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: A tough break for the Bruins, as Boychuck had emerged as an ice time-eating blueliner on the team's first defensive pair, opposite Zdeno Chara. As a result, Adam McQuaid, who has been a healthy scratch thus far, figures to be deployed by the team starting Thursday against Toronto.
News: Boychuk suffered an apparent hand injury (the result of a first period slash) in Saturday's loss to the Rangers, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Look for an update on his status Monday, but until that's provided, consider Boychuck day-to-day. "All I know is he got slashed on the hand to the point where he couldn't return," said coach Claude Julien. "We're not 100 percent sure yet, he's being evaluated as far as how severe it is. It was that slash on the hand. He came back and finished the period, but there's no way he could have came out in the second and third. We had to hold him back. We'll probably have, as usual, a more definite, clearer message or news after he's been through all the tests and MRIs and everything that goes with it."
News: Boychuk missed parts of Saturday's game after getting slashed by New York's Brandon Dubinsky, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: He made it back for a few shifts in the first period, but ended up missing the last two. Boychuk ended up skating just 7:28 in the contest, and didn't register a point.
News: Boychuk has three assists in five games while averaging 22:57 of ice time for the Bruins thus far.
Analysis: Boychuk, who has been working opposite Zdeno Chara as the the right-side defenseman on the B's top pairing, has gone from the team's seventh blueliner at the beginning of last season, to being a player who racks up a ton of ice time. He has a big shot and solid puck skills, so as long as his ice time is steady, Boychuck is going to be a decent second-tier fantasy blue line option.
News: The Boston Bruins have signed a two-year contract extension with defenseman Johnny Boychuk. The team's announcement Thursday did not disclose terms, according to club policy.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Boychuk had five goals, 10 assists and 43 penalty minutes in 51 regular-season games for the Bruins in his first full NHL season. He had played a total of five regular-season games with the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche, who drafted him in 2002. Colorado traded him to the Bruins for Matt Hendricks in June 2008. Boychuk was the American Hockey League's top defenseman for the 2008-2009 season when he played with Boston's affiliate in Providence. This signing is interesting after Boston traded Dennis Wideman to Florida. Boychuk could now see a more significant role on Boston's blue line in 2010-11 and could emerge as a breakout star. For now, he is just a late-round Fantasy sleeper.
News: Boston D Johnny Boychuk was back on the ice on Sunday against the Penguins. He had missed time with a broken orbital bone when he was struck in the face by a slap shot before the Olympic break. Boychuk saw 12:27 on the ice and did not record a point. He took one shot on goal.
Analysis: Boychuk has two goals and nine points in 32 games. He is a promising young player, but he has more long-term Fantasy keeper appeal.
News: The Boston Herald reports the Bruins announced Sunday that D Johnny Boychuk suffered a broken orbital bone when he was struck in the face by a slap shot on Saturday against the Canucks. "There's no displacement, so no surgery required," coach Claude Julien said. "His eye is fine and it's been checked. It's basically an injury that would keep him out for seven to 10 days, so we won't see him until after the Olympic break."
Analysis: Boychuk was lucky not to suffer severe damage. "Very lucky," Julien said. "Our doctors were saying a quarter of inch the other way could have made it much, much worse. Obviously, with that shot, youve got to consider yourself lucky." Boychuk has two goals and nine points in 31 games. He is a promising young player, but he has more long-term Fantasy keeper appeal.
News: Bruins D Johnny Boychuk was hit on the left side of his face by Mikael Samuelsson's slap shot during Saturday's shootout loss to the Canucks. Boychuk went down in a heap and was bleeding before being helped off the ice. The injury appeared to be near his eye. Coach Claude Julien said after the game that Boychuk was at a local hospital being examined and would not accompany the team on the road.
Analysis: Boychuk has popped up now and again this season with a goal or a couple of assists on occasion, but the 25-year-old has yet to provide consistent offense for the Bruins. His 65-point AHL campaign last season shows he does have some skills, so likely remains a decent long-term keeper prospect, but seasonal owners should continue to avoid him while he's out.
News: Bruins D Johnny Boychuk was in the lineup on Thursday against the Sharks despite dealing with sore ribs. He had no points in 20:56 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: Boychuk has three assists in his last five games and has done well for the most part since he started receiving regular minutes in December. However, Boychuk has a long ways to go to becoming a reliable Fantasy option.
News: The Boston Globe reports that Bruins D Johnny Boychuk is dealing with sore ribs after getting hit by a puck in Wednesday's loss to the Ducks.
Analysis: A second-round pick from 2002, Boychuk had 65 points in the AHL last season and is worth stashing in deeper dynasty leagues. His seasonal value is minimal for the time being.
News: Bruins D Johnny Boychuk failed to record a point and finished at minus-1 in 18:12 of ice time on Monday against the Rangers. He has no points in eight games.
Analysis: Boychuk had two goals and three points in his first five games after returning from a conditioning stint in the minors. He has since hit a cold streak. The good news is that Boston has finally found regular minutes on their blue line for Boychuk. The bad news is that he isn't producing regularly for Fantasy owners. Boychuk has low-end Fantasy appeal until he goes on a long breakout run.
News: Bruins D Johnny Boychuk scored a goal and finished at plus-3 on Friday against the Blackhawks. It was his second goal and third point in five games since returning from the AHL.
Analysis: Boychuk wasn't getting much playing time early in the season, so Boston sent him to the AHL for a conditioning stint. It seemed to have worked since Boychuk has been productive since his return. He is playing regularly as Boston is dealing with some injuries. Still, he has low-end Fantasy appeal until he goes on a long breakout run.
News: The Bruins assigned D Johnny Boychuk to Providence of the AHL for conditioning on Wednesday.
Analysis: Boychuk has played just three games this season for Boston. He might be one of their top blue-line prospects, but until Boychuk finds regular minutes, he doesn't have much Fantasy appeal.
News: The Boston Globe reports that Bruins D Dennis Wideman (shoulder) will miss Monday night's game vs. Colorado and is considered day-to-day.
Analysis: When healthy, Wideman is a solid high-end Fantasy defenseman, but he's clearly a super-risky start for Fantasy Week 2 (Oct. 12-18). The Bruins do have three days off after Monday night, so Wideman could be ready for Friday's game at Dallas. If you have a serviceable option on your bench, you can certainly feel free to insert that player into your lineup, but owners in deeper leagues might just have to roll with Wideman and hope he's a quick healer. D Johnny Boychuk, a healthy scratch in the first four games, will make his season debut in Wideman's place, while C Patrice Bergeron should see extra power-play time.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Bruins D Johnny Boychuk made the team but is the seventh defenseman and didn't dress for the opener Thursday against the Capitals.
Analysis: Boychuk was named the AHL's best defenseman last season, as he scored 20 goals and totaled 45 assists in 78 games. Those are some serious numbers no matter what pro level you play on. Boychuk appears to be a tweener and might have to split time between the NHL and AHL in 2009-10. He has little Fantasy appeal until he becomes a regular with Boston.
News: The Boston Globe reports the Bruins have re-signed defenseman Johnny Boychuk to a one-year deal.
Analysis: The unrestricted free agent was named the AHL's best defenseman last season, as he scored 20 goals and totaled 45 assists in 78 games. Those are some serious numbers no matter what pro level you play on. Boychuk appears to be a tweener and might have to split time between the NHL and AHL in 2009-10. Don't put him in your Draft Day plans until further notice.
News: The Bruins optioned defenseman Johnny Boychuk to Providence of the AHL Sunday. He was recalled Thursday and played just one game with no points in 14 minutes.
Analysis: Boychuk has played just five career NHL games and has no points. He is nothing more than organizational depth and can be ignored in Fantasy.
News: The Boston Globe reports that Bruins D Johnny Boychuk and D Matt Lashoff are up with the NHL team for their two-game Florida swing that begins Thursday.
Analysis: Lashoff is more of a prospect than Boychuk, but both have some value in deeper keeper leagues. Ignore them in seasonal formats.
News: The Bruins announced Tuesday they had obtained defenseman Johnny Boychuk from Colorado for forward Matt Hendricks.
Analysis: Boychuk played four games for the Avalanche in 2007-08 and 60 games with Lake Erie of the AHL where he had eight goals and 26 points. He will serve as a low-end Fantasy defenseman for the Bruins and has litte to no Fantasy value on Draft Day.
News: The Avalanche recalled D Johnny Boychuk from Lake Erie of the AHL on Friday. The rookie out of Canada has yet to make his NHL debut.
Analysis: Boychuk has four goals and five assists in 25 games with the Monsters this season. He took 51 shots and managed 17 penalty minutes. He will serve as a low-end Fantasy defenseman for the Avs and has litte to no Fantasy value at this time.
News: The Colorado Avalanche assigned Ds Johnny Boychuk, Kyle Cumiskey, Jeff Jillson and LW Cody McLeod to Lake Erie of the AHL on Thursday.
Analysis: Cumiskey or perhaps Jillson will be back up to the NHL when an injury opens up a spot, but for now, neither of the players have any Fantasy appeal heading into the 2007-08 season.