Adam Boqvist injury shows just how frail the Chicago Blackhawks are
By Jimmy Lynch
Adam Boqvist left the game early last night due to a right shoulder injury. The Chicago Blackhawks do not need things like this happening moving forward.
Adam Boqvist was shoved awkwardly into the boards by the Bruins, and while the team seems optimistic about him returning soon I am not as on board with that analysis. Boqvist looks like he messed up his shoulder on the play.
The Chicago Blackhawks need to plan for their future here. This is one of the risks with playing your young forwards up into the NHL like the Blackhawks have done so far this season. Dach had a concussion to start the year, and now Boqvist is out with a shoulder injury.
You can not shelter your young players at the NHL level, but you can try to teach them to be smarter with the puck or in their own end. Boqvist exposed himself on the play in question to be hit.
The play kind of reminds me of when Patrick Kane suffered an upper-body injury against the Florida Panthers in 2015 that ended his regular season.
This ended one of Patrick Kane’s best regular seasons too soon. The good news for Boqvist is after Kane came back from this injury he was always cautious of where the opponents were on the ice and how to avoid the big hits coming his way.
The Chicago Blackhawks are a frail team. One injury to a player like Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews could end their season too soon. When you factor in the plethora of Blackhawks already out for the year, Seabrook, de Haan, and possibly Shaw, we do not need to add any more players to this list.
Making sure the opponents are playing clean and not targeting anyone on the ice is going to be vital for the Blackhawks to make it to the end of the year. If anyone else on this roster gets banged up I do not know how they are going to make the playoffs without having both Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner in the net at the same time.