RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -The Carolina Hurricanes have returned their No. 1 draft pick to his junior hockey team.
The team said Monday that forward Zach Boychuk would return to the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League.
Carolina took Boychuk with the 14th overall selection in the June draft, and he had hand surgery before the season. He made his NHL debut at Los Angeles on Friday and also played Sunday at Anaheim.
General manager Jim Rutherford said Boychuk will benefit from another year of development in junior hockey.