The reeling Carolina Hurricanes are hoping last year's first-round draft pick, Zach Boychuk, can help them snap their long losing streak.
The Hurricanes on Thursday said they are recalling the centre from their AHL Albany affiliate, and that he will be available to play Friday night against Toronto.
The 20-year-old Boychuk has four goals and five assists in his first full professional season with Albany. He was taken with the 14th pick in the 2008 draft, and played in two games with Carolina last October before he was returned to his junior team, the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Carolina, an Eastern Conference finalist last season, has lost 10 straight and is 0-6-2 on the road.