Out until: Could be a while
Impact on the team: 8/10
The New York Islanders miss Johnny Boychuk badly. The big defender provides so much for the Islanders. He’s one of those players that you don’t know what you got till its gone.
Boychuk is that steady presence on the blueline that the Islanders are sorely lacking at the moment. His experience is invaluable with this young defensive core. Adam Pelech, Ryan Pulock, and Sebastian Aho are all under 24 years old and have less than 100 games in the league.
The 6’2″ right-handed shot is also fantastic at generating shots. Boychuk ranks fourth amongst the team in Corsi-For with 50.57%. He also puts three shots on net per game on average with 101 in 34 games played.
Have I said how much the Islanders miss Johnny Boychuk? They need his steady hand on the blue line and patrolling their own zone desperately.
As it stands he’s been out since December 28th with a lower-body injury. Missing nine games already. According to Weight Johnny is good, but has yet to skate. Meaning he could be back soon assuming that first outing is a successful one.