#7: Johnny Boychuk
Johnny Boychuk was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Boston Bruins for Matt Hendriks in 2008.
Boychuck played 316 games for the Boston Bruins registering 75 points (19 G, 75 A) and a plus minus of plus 88. Boychuck was not an offensive defenseman he was a defensive d-man with offensive capabilities. He was one of the Bruins best shutdown D-man.
He was also a key penalty kill guy that would always find a way to get the puck out of the zone even if it meant sacrificing his body. Boychuck had 542 blocked shots.
He never backed down from a challenge and was able to match some of the top forwards in the league
Then in 2014, Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders for some draft picks. Boston did not want to trade him but had to because at the time they were in cap trouble and he was the guy that had to go. Boychuk has played in 241 games with the Islanders and 529 in his career scoring 158 points (43 G, 115 A), and a plus minus of plus 132. He also played a major role in the Bruins Stanley Cup win in 2011.
In the 2011 playoffs, Boychuk skated in all 25 games. He only had 9 points but was a plus 12, and also had a game winner in a 5-1 victory to sweep the Flyers. He was one of the key guys in that playoffs as he logged top minutes against teams top lines.
Boychuk averaged 20:38 of ice time in those playoffs. He has also appeared in the playoffs twice with the Islanders. In his playoff career, he has 29 points and is a plus 12.
Probably my favorite Bruins defensemen besides Bobby Orr and Ray Bourque. He was just so fun to watch. It was a shame that he had to be let go due to money constraints due to bad management from the Bruins. He never backed down from a challenge and was able to match some of the top forwards in the league and shut them down.
Also, his plus minus is insane since he played a lot of PK minutes. Which just shows that he is a very solid defenseman. He is definitely a guy that people will forget in the conversation about best Bruins defensemen. I believe that he should be in that conversation, not the top but at least mentioned.