Johnny Boychuk, a right-handed shooting defenseman with the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen. Boychuk is a player who delivers crushing body checks, has good overall mobility, and a hard low slap-shot from the point. His biggest asset is that he consistently makes smart plays with or without the puck in his own zone. In this installment of a series of interviews with the top players in the juniors, Hockey’s Future sits down with this potential top 15 first round draft pick for next years NHL Entry Draft.
Hockey’s Future: Even with the NHL Entry Draft 7 months away, does your potential ranking among the first round have any effect on your play this season?
Johnny Boychuk: I try to do as much as I can while still playing my position, not allow my thoughts to wander on things I cannot control.
HF: Are their any attributes about your game that you think would be appealing to NHL scouts?
Johnny Boychuk: Definitely my physical play and making good first passes out of the defensive zone.
HF: After having a pretty successful rookie season, what are your biggest challenges coming into this season?
Johnny Boychuk: There is a challenge for me to show that last season was not a fluke.
HF: By showing the coaching staff your dependable play early in the season, your ice time in all situations has increased especially in penalty killing. Does that give you the confidence that you can be relied upon in key times during the game?
Johnny Boychuk: I believe my attention to detail is the lar Read more »