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Johnny Boychuk | Defenseman | #55

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (32) / 1/19/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 226
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 2 (61) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Johnny Boychuk scored a short-handed goal and assisted another in a 3-2 win over the Coyotes on Friday.
His short-handed goal, the first of his NHL career proved to be the game-winner. He's a quality NHL defensemen with some offensive element to his game. He now has three points through five games this season. Boychuk's assist came on Ryan Strome's first period goal and Dennis Seidenberg opened the scoring with his first goal as a New York Islander. Oct 21 - 10:12 PM

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Johnny Boychuk (upper body) took part in Thursday's practice.

Boychuk hasn't played in an exhibition game yet due to the ailment. "(It’d) be nice to get in a couple games, you don’t just want to go into the season when everyone else has been at the World Cup or had a few exhibition games," Boychuk said. "You don’t want to put yourself behind at the beginning." That said it's not yet clear when or if Boychuk will play in a preseason contest.
Sep 30 - 11:34 AM

Johnny Boychuk has been sidelined with an upper body injury.

Coach Capuano noted that this is an ailment that's been "nagging" his stud defender, and there's no timetable for his return. However, it should be noted that neither party seems overly worried about the Boychuk. So this likely a cautious maneuver than anything else. Expect Boychuk to enter the season ready to try to finally hit the 10-goal mark after striking nine in each of the last two.
Sep 24 - 1:01 PM

Johnny Boychuk will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's season finale against Philadelphia.

Boychuk matched his career high in goals in 2015-16, recording nine goals and 25 points with 140 blocks and 149 hits over 70 games. The veteran has been everything and more New York could've asked for. He's posted 18 goals and 60 points in two seasons with them, nearly matching the 19 goals and 75 points he recorded in six seasons in Boston.
Apr 10 - 6:15 PM

Johnny Boychuk replaced the injured Travis Hamonic's spot on the Islanders top defense pairing alongside Nick Leddy.

Coach Jack Capuano was looking for experience so Boychuk got the call. He has eight goals and 24 points this season with a plus-12 rating so Boychuk has some fantasy value in deeper pools.
Apr 3 - 7:34 AM

Johnny Boychuk scored two goals in Sunday's 6-4 win over the New York Rangers.

What a crazy first period between these two teams. The Islanders jumped out to 3-0 and 4-3 leads in the opening 20 minutes. Boychuk scored both of his goals in the first frame. Brock Nelson, Kyle Okposo, Cal Clutterbuck and Frans Nielsen also found the back of the net for the Islanders. Boychuk has seven goals, 21 points and a plus-16 rating in 52 games this season.
Mar 6 - 8:10 PM

Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy are turning into a nice duo on the blueline.

The pair did not click at the beginning but things have changed of late. "Johnny’s just hard-nosed, get-the-job-done, and obviously he has a good shot. He’s got a great presence about him," John Tavares said. "And Leds can skate his way through anything. He can create open ice that way and he’s been getting some really good looks lately. He’s been finding the net. They’ve been big for us." Neither has been a fantasy gem this season but the pairing certainly help poolies who have an Islanders goaltender.
Feb 15 - 7:01 AM

Johnny Boychuk scored in Sunday's blowout win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Boychuk got the party started, as he opened the scoring with a slap shot from the point. This was the 32-year-old's second game back from injury after he missed 11 games because of an upper-body injury. He has four goals and 15 points in 40 games in 2015-16. The Islanders defense is much better with him than without him.
Feb 8 - 9:11 AM

As expected, Johnny Boychuk made his return from a shoulder injury on Saturday.

Boychuk logged 16:52 minutes of ice time and received a minor penalty in the Islanders' 5-1 loss to Detroit. He had been sidelined for 11 straight games. Boychuk skated alongside Nick Leddy, which was previously Brian Strait's role. "Coming back after that layoff against a real fast team like this, I thought he played well," Islanders coach Jack Capuano said of Boychuk.
Feb 7 - 6:02 AM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) is expected to return on Saturday.

Boychuk was able to fully participate in Friday's practice. He last played on Dec. 31. Prior to the injury, Boychuk scored three goals and 14 points in 38 contests.
Feb 6 - 5:09 AM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) may return as early as Thursday night.

However, it may be more likely that his first game back from an upper-body injury will come this weekend. Boychuk hasn't played since Dec. 31 due to the ailment.
Feb 2 - 10:53 AM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) could return to the lineup soon.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano will have a conversation with his team's trainers before deciding when Boychuk would return. The 32-year-old has yet to play in 2016. Boychuk has three goals and 14 points in 38 games this season. Scott Mayfield is with the team in case Boychuk can't suit up in the near future.
Feb 2 - 9:02 AM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) was on the ice during the Islanders' practice on Monday.

Boychuk might be able to return soon after the All-Star break. "Just to see him out there, for me it’s a breath of fresh air, I’m sure for him, being around the guys and for us, knowing that his time is not too far away," Capuano said of Boychuk. "Now you just want to make sure that you condition yourself and that you get healthy and then we’ll re-evaluate him after the break." Boychuk last played on Dec. 31.
Jan 27 - 9:20 AM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) will not return before the All-Star break.

That's not shocking given that Boychuk's original four-to-six week timetable gave him a projected return date of late January to mid February. Now we just know that the absolute best case scenario won't play out. Boychuk has three goals and 14 points in 38 contests in 2015-16.
Jan 20 - 12:14 PM

Johnny Boychuk (upper body) will be out of action for four-to-six weeks.

It's believed that he has a shoulder injury, but he won't require surgery. Boychuk has three goals and 14 points in 38 games this season.
Jan 4 - 3:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Brock Nelson
3Mathew Barzal
4Casey Cizikas
5Mikhail Grabovski
LW1Andrew Ladd
2Anders Lee
3Anthony Beauvillier
4Nikolay Kulemin
5Shane Prince
RW1Ryan Strome
2Jason Chimera
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
5Alan Quine
D1Johnny Boychuk
2Nick Leddy
3Travis Hamonic
4Thomas Hickey
5Dennis Seidenberg
6Calvin de Haan
7Ryan Pulock
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Thomas Greiss
3Jean-Francois Berube