The New York Islanders announced today that they have acquired defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins in exchange for the team’s second round selections in the 2015 and 2016 NHL Drafts, along with a conditional third round pick.
Boychuk, 30, set career highs last season in goals (5), assists (18), points (23) and plus/minus (+31). It was Boychuk’s 10th professional season and sixth with the Bruins.
In 321 career National Hockey League games with Boston and the Colorado Avalanche, Boychuk has 75 points (19 goals, 56 assists). The Edmonton, Alberta native has competed in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the past five seasons. In 79 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Boychuk has scored 27 points (13 goals and 14 assists).
Boychuk won the American Hockey League’s Eddie Shore Award at the completion of the 2008-09 season, given to the league’s most outstanding defenseman as voted by coaches, players and media members. That same season, while playing for the Providence Bruins, he was named a First Team AHL All-Star while leading all league defensemen in scoring with 66 points (20 goals and 46 assists) in 78 games. In 294 career games in the AHL, Boychuk has 45 goals and 108 assists for 153 points.
The Colorado Avalanche selected Boychuk in the second round (61st overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.