Zach Boychuk’s time with the Pittsburgh Penguins has officially come to an end. On Monday afternoon, the Penguins placed the forward on waivers to make roster space for the return of Evgeni Malkin only to have the Nashville Predators claim him by the noon Tuesday deadline.
In seven games with Pittsburgh, Boychuk registered zero points and was a -2. The twenty-three year old winger also appeared in one game with the Carolina Hurricanes this season before the Penguins claimed him on waivers back on January 31. This marks the second straight day the Predators claimed someone on waivers, as they claimed Bobby Butler from the New Jersey Devils on Monday.
To fill the spot on the roster vacated by Boychuk, the Penguins brought back Beau Bennett (shocking…not really). Bennett was sent back to Wilkes-Barre since Boychuk was still technically on the roster until he went through the waiver process. Bennett was back at practice in Pittsburgh and was even sighted skating on a line with Malkin and James Neal. In eight games at the NHL level, the twenty-one year old from California has one goal and two assists going between the second and third lines.