The Chicago Blackhawks will add a familiar face back to their lineup very soon as Adam Boqvist has been removed from the NHL’s Covid-19 protocol list. This is great for the ‘Hawks as they will now have one of their top young defensemen back in the lineup.
Adam Boqvist has not been perfect this season, he has shown many flaws in his game, but maybe after a little time away, he will show some new level on the ice. Boqvist was quarterbacking the Blackhawks’ first power-play line throughout most of the first six games before he went into Covid protocol. Two of his three assists this season have come on the man advantage.
With Adam Boqvist potentially coming into the lineup, that means that someone will be leaving the lineup. Nicolas Beaudin and Lucas Carlsson have both gotten opportunities in Boqvist’s absence the past week. It will be interesting to see whether or not Jeremy Colliton goes back to playing seven defensemen now that Boqvist is back.
Adam Boqvist is back, but where do the Chicago Blackhawks go from here?
Adam Boqvist only played six games with the ‘Hawks. His last game was on January 24th against the Detroit Red Wings. Since then, the ‘Hawks have gone 3-1-3 and have beat teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, and Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Chicago has looked a lot better as of late. Adding Boqvist back in the lineup can allow them to take the next step unless he turns the team back around in the wrong direction.
Duncan Keith on the power play has been working, and I have liked what Carlsson and Beaudin have brought to the team a lot so far. Just because Boqvist is ready to go does not mean the team needs to push him into the lineup just yet.
Chicago’s defensive pairings as of now look like this via dailyfaceoff.com:
Duncan Keith – Ian Mitchell
Calvin de Haan – Connor Murphy
Nikita Zadorov – Nicolas Beaudin
Before the Blackhawks break up any pairings that have been working as of late, maybe they can play with seven defensemen again to see where Boqvist can fit into the lineup. Then they can reevaluate things and substitute him back into the lineup.