On Day 9, we focus on a Chicago Blackhawks prospect who is battling for a roster spot, Adam Boqvist.
The Chicago Blackhawks only have 9 days until the season begins against the Philadelphia Flyers, and there are still some roster spots available.
One player who is still in the mix is defenseman Adam Boqvist. As Calvin de Haan recovers from shoulder surgery and a groin injury, a golden opportunity presents itself to Boqvist.
Will he take advantage? It is still to be seen, but we will know soon enough with just over a week until the season opener. Let’s take a closer look at this promising prospect.
Player Spotlight: Adam Boqvist
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Adam Boqvist was drafted 8th overall back in 2018. The young defender is one of the many first-round draft picks under Stan Bowman.
Boqvist spent the last season in the OHL, playing for the London Knights. Patrick Kane and Dave Bolland also played for the London Knights before starting their careers with the Blackhawks. Although Boqvist was away, he was already under contract with the organization.
Brian Campbell, a retired defenseman who won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, spent time this past year mentoring Adam Boqvist on his road to the pros.
Boqvist really looks more developed after his year with the London Knights. He has confidence that very few defensive rookies have had in the past. Just watch this play from one of the preseason games this year.
Sometimes, Boqvist looks like a forward out on the ice. Just watch as he tips the puck down and snipes a great goal against the Capitals.
Adam Boqvist might be the defenseman of the future for the Chicago Blackhawks. Their confidence in Boqvist likely led to the team trading away Henri Jokiharju this offseason, another promising defenseman.
Over the last few years, Chicago has drafted a lot of defensemen in the first few rounds. Expect to see Ian Mitchell, Nicolas Beaudin, and Adam Boqvist in the NHL over the next few seasons.
There are only 9 days until the season begins, so we will know who will be with the team soon enough. However, with Calvin de Haan experiencing an injury, there is an opportunity for Boqvist to play in his first NHL game to start the 2019-20 season.