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Boychuk joins bud in Carolina

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Airdrie's Zach Boychuk expects to get the inside scoop on his new team this weekend in Calgary.

He'll be reunited with Team Canada teammate Brandon Sutter tomorrow when the gold medal-winning world junior squad gets together to celebrate the championship they claimed in the Czech Republic this winter.

They'll be teammates again in Carolina in the near future after the Hurricanes grabbed Boychuk with the 14th pick last night after taking Sutter -- Flames general manager Darryl Sutter's nephew -- 11th overall a year ago.

"It kind of felt like Christmas Day today. I had no idea what I was getting," said Boychuk, a speedy 5-ft.-9 forward. "I really had no idea where I was going.

"It's pretty cool to get picked by Carolina and have a close relationship with Brandon, being close friends."

The two were rivals in the Western Hockey League, with Boychuk suiting up for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Sutter for the Red Deer Rebels. Now, they're teammates again.

"I'm going to try to take in as much as I can from tonight and as well from Brandon when I see him on the weekend," said Boychuk. "He's going to have to show me the ropes a little bit."

Calgary's highest-drafted prospect, Tyler Myers, has an in with his new team as well.

The Kelowna Rockets defenceman -- a giant at 6-ft.-7 and growing -- was scouted by one of his own WHL coaches.

Kim Gellert is a skills coach in Kelowna as well as an amateur scout for the Buffalo Sabres, who took Myers 12th overall after trading their first and third-round picks to get the selection from the Los Angeles Kings to make sure they got their man.

Another Calgarian, Joe Colborne, went to the Boston Bruins at 16th overall, becoming the highest-drafted player in Alberta Junior Hockey League history, bumping Brent Sutter (17th overall in 1980) from that perch.


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