The Nashville Predators are looking for offense just about anywhere they can find it, from just about anyone.
That need for offense is easily seen in their recent waiver wire additions during the week. The Preds added both forwards Bobby Butler and Zach Boychuk off of waivers in consecutive days early in the week. Neither one will make a huge impact, but when you’re as starved for offense as the Predators are, you need to explore all avenues.
Butler has some offensive upside to his game, but it wasn’t evident in 14 games this season, with just two points. His career mark for points is 21, back in 2010-2011 with the Ottawa Senators. He’s believed to have good upside offensively, but he hasn’t really had the chance to showcase that yet. The Preds can give him that opportunity.
As far as Boychuk goes, he’s just 23. The Predators are already his third club this season, having previous played for the Carolina Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had no points in eight games with both clubs this season and has just 11 in 80 games total in his career.
It remains to be seen if one, or both, of these guys will be inserted into the starting lineup immediately for the Predators. One would have to imagine if it was going to be either one, it’d probably be Butler, who has proven himself a little more than Boychuk has to this point.
One thing is for certain. The Predators need help on offense. They’re the worst team in the league at putting the puck in the net. Taking a chance on a couple of young forwards with decent upsides was a no-risk move and one that could end up paying off for them in the long run.