A mean workhorse blueliner with third-pairing potential as a massive hit and PIM producer.
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February 2019 – Boikov’s shoulder troubles kept him out of the entire 2017-18 season, but he has returned for 2018-19. He looked strong in training camp and is still a capable skater and good in corners. He still has his nasty edge which is always a good sign after injury. With 6 points in 36 AHL contests, he wont be called up for offense anytime soon, so he joins a laundry list of “just ok” defensive d-men with modest upside compared to some blue-chips in the system. Unlikely to see extended NHL action anytime soon. Hayden Soboleski
April 2018 – There has been no official word on Boikov’s shoulder injury in the last 7 months which is not a good sign. Fingers crossed he returns to the AHL in 2018-19 but he has been leapfrogged my many other d-men prospects this year and his fantasy value at this point greatly diminished. Hayden Soboleski
September 2017 – Boikov has suffered a dislocated shoulder and is out indefinitely. He was not going to compete for an NHL spot this season anyways, but he needs playing time in order to improve so this injury certainly hurts his development timeline. He’s getting passed on the depth chart very quickly as the organization continues to add d-men. Hayden Soboleski
May 2017 – Boikov travelled between the AHL and ECHL in 2016-17, in an unimpressive first full pro season. His 16 points and 69 PIMs in 63 AHL games was more-or-less the expected fantasy output from the nasty blueliner, but his overall game just wasn’t at the level to warrant excitement. If he develops into a bottom-pair NHL defender one day, he will certainly be a peripheral stats producer, but it looks like he requires more seasoning. Hayden Soboleski