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Johnny Boychuk | Defenseman

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Contract: view contract details

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Johnny Boychuk is getting ready for his eighth career Game 7 on Monday.
The core of the Islanders is still somewhat thin on playoff experience, so Boychuk's presence is particularly helpful in this regard. He's been averaging 26:01 minutes per contest in the first round, but he'll probably end up topping that mark in the deciding game of New York's series against Washington. Apr 27 - 7:03 AM

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Johnny Boychuk logged 30:00 minutes of ice time in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Washington.

That's a new high for Boychuk in the first round series. He was leaned on heavily in part because Lubomir Visnovsky left the contest in the second period after receiving a high hit. That being said, Boychuk has gotten big minutes in every playoff game so far and is averaging a team-high 25:46 minutes per contest.
Apr 22 - 11:12 AM

Johnny Boychuk found the back of the net in a 5-4 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Boychuk has set new career-highs this season with nine goals and 35 points in 70 games. He signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Islanders back in March.
Apr 8 - 11:37 AM

Johnny Boychuk has agreed to a seven-year, $42 million extension with the New York Islanders.

In other words, Boychuk will come with a $6 million annual cap hit. The Islanders acquired Boychuk from the Boston Bruins before the season opener. He's proven to be a great fit, recording seven goals and 32 points in 59 contests while averaging 21:37 minutes of ice time.
Mar 12 - 2:54 PM

Johnny Boychuk is not concerned that he does not have a new contract for next year and beyond.

Boychuk will become a UFA if he and the Islanders are unable to agree to a contract extension but the defenseman is not letting it bother him at this time. "If it happens, I guess it'll happen," Boychuk said. "It's certainly not a distraction. If anything, it makes you play harder because you're fighting for a job." Boychuk also stated that he has not asked his agent to stop negotiating at this time so contract talks could be ongoing. Boychuk has seven goals and 32 points with a plus-16 rating in 57 games this season and has been a force on the Islanders blueline to date.
Mar 8 - 9:18 AM

Johnny Boychuk is looking for a contract extension as he is eligible to become a UFA on July 1.

Both sides are not talking to the media at this time but it's hard to believe that with the Islanders having such a successful season, that they would trade him if the two sides do not agree before the Monday trade deadline. He has seven goals and 30 points in 54 games with a plus-16 rating.
Mar 1 - 8:06 AM

Johnny Boychuk found the back of the net in a 6-5 loss Monday night.

Boychuk had gone eight straight games without recording a point. He has five goals and 21 assists in 47 games this season.
Feb 17 - 11:14 AM

Johnny Boychuk was at practice on Friday.

Boychuk blocked a shot on Thursday and it hit him in the knee where there was no padding but Boychuk was seen without ice on it after the game. Feel free to start him on Saturday when the Islanders face the Bruins. He has four goals and 25 points in 41 games with a plus-15 rating.
Feb 7 - 9:09 AM

Updating a previous item, Johnny Boychuk returned to Thursday's game after blocking a shot in the second period.

Boychuk took a shot off the knee and needed help coming off the ice near the end of the second frame. It looks like the Islanders have dodged a bullet here. Losing Boychuk would have been a tough blow for New York.
Feb 5 - 9:04 PM

Johnny Boychuk left Thursday's game against Philadelphia after blocking a shot.

Boychuk took a shot off the knee and was clearly in pain. He needed help coming off the ice and his status for the remainder of the game is unclear. The 31-year-old has been a big part of the Islanders' success this year. Boychuk has four goals, 25 points and a plus-15 rating in 40 games this year.
Feb 5 - 8:46 PM

The New York Islanders have the worst penalty kill in the league.

The Islanders have successfully killed off just 72.7% of their penalties. For comparison sake, the Buffalo Sabres rank 29th in that regard with a 74.0% success rate. The Islanders struggles are in stark contrast to their 32-17-1 record and while they've shown that they can get by with a bottom of the barrel penalty kill throughout much of the regular season, this might prove to be a bigger problem in April unless the Islanders improve this aspect of their game. "In the playoffs, it's a big difference if the PK is working," Johnny Boychuk said. "We just have to let Jaro see the shots when we can and clear it when we can. It's obviously not working right now."
Feb 5 - 10:03 AM

Johnny Boychuk had an assist on Thursday against his old team, the Boston Bruins.

Unfortunately for Boychuk, it didn't help much as Boston still earned a 5-2 victory. Either way, the move to the Islanders has worked out for Boychuk as he has been a top defender on his new team while scoring four goals and 25 points in 38 contests.
Jan 30 - 11:04 AM

Johnny Boychuk had two assists in a 4-1 victory against the New York Rangers.

It was Boychuk's second straight multi-point game. He has four goals and 24 points in 37 contests in 2014-15.
Jan 28 - 11:07 AM

Johnny Boychuk had an assist in a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers.

Boychuk has recorded at least a point in three of his last five games. He has four goals and 20 points in 33 contests in 2014-15. At this rate, it won't be long before he bests his career-high of 23 points.
Jan 14 - 9:27 AM

Johnny Boychuk scored a goal in the Islanders’ 5-2 loss to Edmonton.

Boychuk also added an assist in the game. The loss snaps New York’s three-game winning streak. The Islanders have been a pleasant surprise this season, but it will be hard for them to digest losing to the worst team in the NHL. The acquisition of Boychuk is paying huge dividends on the Island. The 30-year-old has four goals and 18 points in 28 games this season. He averages around 22:00 minutes of ice time per game.
Jan 5 - 12:19 AM

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3Ryan Strome
4Mikhail Grabovski
5Casey Cizikas
LW1Brock Nelson
2Anders Lee
3Nikolay Kulemin
4Matt Martin
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Josh Bailey
3Cal Clutterbuck
4Steve Bernier
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Calvin De Haan
5Marek Zidlicky
6Thomas Hickey
7Brian Strait
8Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss
3Jean-Francois Berube