Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – The Carolina Hurricanes have recalled Zach Boychuk from the AHL to replace Jiri Tlusty, who underwent emergency appendectomy that will sideline him for two to three weeks.
The Hurricanes said Tlusty had the surgery Tuesday and was placed on NHL injured reserve Friday.
Boychuk was then recalled from the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL to take Tlusty’s spot while the latter recovers from the operation.
“I’m very excited to be back here,” Boychuk said. “The last opportunity was a little bit short — just one game. I felt like I played pretty good, and they said I’d get another chance, and it’s nice they honored that and I’m back.”
Boychuk, Carolina’s first-round draft pick in 2008, was first recalled from the Checkers for a Dec. 6 game against the San Jose Sharks, earning an assist in a 5-3 victory at PNC Arena.
The 24-year-old Boychuk has a team-best 14 goals for Charlotte, scoring 12 in his past 16 games. He has 27 points in 29 games for the Checkers, also a team high.
Boychuk, may be able to help the Canes’ ailing power play as he is ranked first in the AHL with 10 power-play goals and was tied for first with 14 power-play points.
“I think this is the best stretch of hockey I’ve played in a long time,” Boychuk said. “I’m playing more intense and skating harder, and it’s resulting in goals and some solid play.”
Meanwhile, Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller announced that defenseman Jay Harrison, injured Dec. 21 against Tampa Bay, has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.