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Chicago Blackhawks Prospect Adam Boqvist Named OHL Defensemen of the Month

By Samuel Boland
WINDSOR, ON - OCTOBER 04: Defenceman Adam Boqvist #3 of the London Knights moves the puck against defenceman Lev Starikov #71 of the Windsor Spitfires on October 4, 2018 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ON - OCTOBER 04: Defenceman Adam Boqvist #3 of the London Knights moves the puck against defenceman Lev Starikov #71 of the Windsor Spitfires on October 4, 2018 at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks defensive prospect Adam Boqvist was named the OHL’s defensemen of the month for February. It’s Boqvist’s first time receiving the honor, but it was well deserved.

Finally, a Chicago Blackhawks defensemen has done something positive.

Well, a future Chicago Blackhawks defensemen.

Adam Boqvist lit up the OHL during the month of February for the London Knights, earning him the OHL’s “defensemen of the month” honor. In just 13 games, Boqvist led all OHL defensemen with 19 points. Making up Boqvist’s 19 points was six goals and 13 assists.

Here’s an excerpt from the OHL’s site on Boqvist’s outstanding performance during February.

"“Boqvist registered six different multi-point performances and was a big contributor on the power play for the Midwest Division-leading Knights. He put up a goal and an assist in a 4-2 win over visiting Kitchener on Feb. 2nd before posting a goal and an assist in a 6-3 victory over visiting Owen Sound on Feb. 8th. Boqvist had another three-point outing with a goal and two helpers on Feb. 10th in Sault Ste. Marie and replicated that production for a third time in the month of February in an 8-5 win over Erie on Feb. 17th.”"

Boqvist’s month of February was incredible, but it wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for him. In 47 OHL games he has 54 points (17 G, 37 A). Additionally, he’s totaled a +/- of 13.

Not too shabby, eh?

To see Boqvist performing so well is encouraging for Blackhawks fans. It’s no secret that the ‘Hawk blue line has been less-than-desirable this season (and that’s putting it lightly). If Boqvist was able to play his way into a role as an NHL defensemen next season it would be huge step for the Blackhawks rebuilding effort.

During the NHL preseason he performed so well that the Chicago

Blackhawks were forced to keep him on the roster for an extra few games. Furthermore, his play even sparked conversation regarding whether or not to keep him in the NHL for a few regular season games before deciding on his future.

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Keeping that in mind — and considering how well Boqvist has played in the OHL this season — anything is possible.  It’s clear he has insane offensive talent, however the challenge will be if he can contribute defensively, too. Time, as it always does, will tell.

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