Rochester American’s winger Riley Boychuck is a rookie that will have a lot of work ahead of him to move up the prospect charts but here’s one Portland Winterhawk (WHL) fan that gives him a lot of praise.
Boychuck is expected to be a gritty winger that isn’t going to be afraid to hit someone. He should be that player not afraid to dig the puck out of the corner and standing up for his teammates. Drafted in the 7th round in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft it’ll be interesting to see how he turns out.
He already has a tie to the Buffalo Sabres in winning the Paul Gaustad Fitness Award, has to be worth something!
Carbs and all, he’s still physically fitter than thou: In 2011, for the third year in a row, Riley again won the Paul Gaustad Fitness Award. You can read all about it here. The photo that goes with that story is one of my favorites because it’s a good representation of who Riley is off the ice: polite, smart, well-spoken, confident and friendly.
So Rochester, here’s my advice to you: Portland has dispatched to you a gift that may take a bit to start giving, but I promise you he will. One of my very favorite things about Riley’s story is that his path to your door didn’t come easy and it took time. He definitely took the road less traveled to find his way to you, and it may take time for him to show you what he’s worth. But I hope that you will give him the chance to do so. Because I assure you, he will be worth the wait. And if you would like to watch him score one of those “did that just go in there?” goals, may I suggest feeding him a healthy serving of mashed potatoes now and again. It seems to do the trick every time.