The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed former Canadian junior standout Zach Boychuk off waivers.

Boychuk, 23, has been unable to gain a foothold with the Carolina Hurricanes over four pro seasons.

The centre has recorded 16 goals and 16 assists in 37 games for Charlotte in the American Hockey League this season. Over 73 career NHL games, he has seven goals and 11 assists, with six penalty minutes.