Johnny Boychuk D NYI 11 Days

Boychuk contributed a power-play goal in Tuesday's 6-2 demolition of the Rangers.

With six points (two goals, four assists) in just three games, Boychuk is already one-fourth of the way to his point total from all of last season. Boychuk's hot run of production almost certainly won't last, but with the blueliner likely to receive the most ice time of his career at both even strength and on the power play this season, he'll be in prime position to set personal bests in nearly every category.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 13 Days

Boychuk chipped in with two assists in Saturday's win over the Hurricanes.

It was Boychuk's dependable play on defense that was expected to be the greatest contribution he brought to the Islanders, but he's instead made his mark with his puck-moving ability in the infant stages of the season. He's already collected one goal and four assists in two games, after averaging about one point for every three games with the Bruins a season earlier. While Boychuk should enjoy a larger offensive role on Long Island than in Boston, the odds of him finishing as a top-20 fantasy defenseman are still rather remote.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 15 Days

Boychuk recorded a career-high three points -- two on the power play -- in Friday's season-opening win over Carolina.

Talk about what a change of scenery can do for a player. Boychuk, who averaged 20 seconds of power-play time over his last three seasons with Boston, played a whopping 2:47 with the man advantage Friday. Not only did the former-Bruin score a goal and two assists, he also finished the night with two PIM, two hits, while logging a team-high 23:11 of ice time. If he continues to skate on the top power-play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okoso, a 40-point season for Boychuk isn't out of the question.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 21 Days

Boychuk was traded to the Islanders on Saturday in exchange for second-round picks in 2015 and 2016 and a conditional 2015 third-round pick, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

The haul of picks is a steep price for the Islanders to pay for a 30-year-old with one year and $3.6 million remaining on his contract, but one the team could afford given its multitude of injuries on the blue line. Though Boychuk is only a marginal talent on the offensive end, it's his hard hitting and puck-clearing skills in front of his own net that should prove most beneficial to the Islanders. He should immediately assume a top-four role for the Islanders and make life easier for goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 2 Months

While there has been speculation that the Bruins might deal Boychuk, he would prefer to remain with the team, the Boston Herald reports.

Boychuk, who is on track to become a free agent after the coming season, carries a cap hit of $3,366,667 in 2014-15, and with the team dealing with salary cap issues, his name has been mentioned as a possible candidate to be dealt in order to free up some needed space under the cap. The rugged and hard-shooting Boychuk is coming off a 2013-14 season in which he recorded five goals and 23 points in 75 games, to go along with a plus-31 rating.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 5 Months

It wouldn't be shocking to see Boston trade Johnny Boychuk during the offseason.

The Bruins could benefit from freeing up some cap space and Boychuk is a prime candidate to be moved as a result. He comes with a $3,366,667 cap hit for one more season before becoming an unrestricted free agent. He had 23 points and 45 penalty minutes in 75 contests in 2013-14.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 6 Months

Johnny Boychuk potted his first goal of the 2014 playoffs on Thursday night.

He tied the game at 3-3 with just 1:58 remaining in regulation, but the Bruins dropped Game 1 to Montreal in double overtime. It was his first point in six matches this postseason. Boychuk scored six times and added an assist in 22 games last spring during Boston's march to the Stanley Cup Final.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 7 Months

Johnny Boychuk recorded his fourth goal of 2013-14 campaign in Boston's 3-2 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

He opened the scoring in the contest on a slap shot late in the first period. Boychuk had a rough game against Philadelphia on Sunday when he finished with a minus-3 rating, so scoring a goal was a decent way to rebound. He has 22 points and a plus-30 rating on the year.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 7 Months

Johnny Boychuk returned to action on Saturday March 22.

Johnny Boychuk D NYI 7 Months

Johnny Boychuk skated for a second consecutive day and took part in Friday night's pre-game warmups.

He has missed the Bruins' last three games with a foot injury but is nearing a return to action. There is a very good chance Boychuk dresses for Saturday night's contest against the Coyotes.