On one hand, Zach Boychuk and Chris Terry competing with each other for spots on the Carolina Hurricanes’ opening night roster is nothing new.
On the other, that goal has never been closer to reality for both players.
Coming off career seasons at the AHL level with Charlotte, Boychuk and Terry, who are each entering their sixth professional seasons, will get every chance to make the big club. Contrary to previous seasons, the Hurricanes did not enter the free agent market to find more experienced players with similar skill sets, nor did they add veteran tryouts at the last minute prior to training camp.
On a team that, health permitting, will have space for two new forwards, they have to be considered the two favorites.
“No question there’s opportunity,” said Terry, the Hurricanes’ fifth-round pick in 2007 who has posted 268 points in 375 career AHL games since then. “That’s what we want to see coming into camp and it adds motivation. I want to be that full-time NHL player this year and stay here all year.”
“There are obviously spots available and there are lots of guys that are vying for them,” said Boychuk, the reigning Willie Marshall Award winner as the AHL’s top goal scorer with 36 last season. “The competition is getting stiffer every day. There’s a lot of work to be done and hopefully I have a good camp.”