The Canes placed forward Zach Boychuk, a former first-round draft pick, on NHL waivers Wednesday with the purpose of reassigning him to the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).

But will Boychuk clear waivers?

NHL teams have until noon Thursday to claim Boychuk. There could be a team that sees a need for a winger who was leading the Checkers in scoring this season before being recalled by the Hurricanes for NHL training camp.

"There's that risk, but it doesn't do him any good not playing here," general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday. "We have Drayson (Bowman) and Zac (Dalpe) in the top nine (forwards). It's hard to have three first-year guys like that in the top nine. For Zach Boychuk to be sitting around will not do him any good, so we'll see where it goes."

Boychuk, 23, had 16 goals and 16 assists in 37 games in Charlotte before the recall, which also brought Dalpe and Bowman to Raleigh from the Checkers. Boychuk made the Canes' roster and was on Eric Staal's line at left wing opposite Alex Semin in the season opener at Florida, but has been made a healthy scratch the past four games by Canes coach Kirk Muller.