He was injured, he got a year older, but we learned this year that all New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk needs is a dose of moms cabbage rolls.
Johnny Boychuk’s 18 points were the lowest return in four years. Since joining the New York Islanders in back-to-back trades with Nick Leddy, Boychuk has averaged 28 points.
To be absolutely fair to Johnny, he only played 58 games this year. Meaning, over a full season he was on pace to put up 26 points. Which is right around his average return.
What we need to get Boychuk to pump in slappers from the point is a daily dose of his Mom’s famous cabbage rolls.
That was March 8th. Two nights later again at home against the Calgary Flames Johnny Boychuk put up three points. Including this fabulously classic Johnny Boychuk goal.
That’s about as positive as this gets. Because if there was one issue it was the New York Islanders blue line. It’s not that it’s Johnny Boychuk’s fault alone. But he’s part of the issue.
His 46.9% Corsi-For was nowhere near good enough. But as the Islanders second best defender he’s still out there lugging big minutes. Which would be fine if Boychuk wasn’t getting hurt year after year. This season he missed 24 games, last season he missed 16. All in all, Boychuk has never played a full season.
Johnny to his credit still plays the same type of game that he knows how, but maybe the minutes are too much. At 34 years old, it makes sense that he might not be as effective as he used to be.
But unfortunately, the Islanders don’t have a good Boychuk back up to allow to take a step back to the second pairing.
Overall I give Johnny Boychuk a B. While on healthy he was good enough. But he’s taken a step back now that he’s on the wrong side of 30.