By Brian LeBlanc
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A month ago, we were in Charlotte to get a read on how the Canes' prospects were doing on what was, at the time, one of the AHL's hottest teams. The Checkers have cooled off significantly since then, but a big factor is that both Zac Dalpe and Zach Boychuk are no longer with the team, having been called up to play with the Hurricanes and having plenty of success in doing so.
Boychuk in particular has seen a steep rise. When he first came up, he was playing on the fourth line with Troy Bodie and Ryan Carter. A month later, he's on a line with presumptive All-Star Eric Staal and playing upwards of 20 minutes per night against the best in the NHL. No pressure, right?
Actually, no. We caught up with him last night after the Canes' overtime win over Atlanta and it's obvious from talking to him that his confidence is through the roof right now. As I told him at the end, I'm heading back to Charlotte at the end of February, and I hope for his sake I don't see him back down there. The way he's playing, that seems pretty unlikely.
Click here for the audio of my chat with Boychuk.