The Chicago Blackhawks lost Adam Boqvist for the remainder of the season last night after he broke his wrist during the game. This really hurts a team that was already looking to be out of the playoff mix.
Even though the Hawks only have seven more games to go, I still have to mention the playoffs. I do not think anyone is expecting this team to make it, but with the loss of Boqvist, that hope should be gone for everyone.
This team actually had a pretty good season, better than expected at least. They did not roll over and tank for a draft pick, like management probably wanted when they started the year with three unproven goalies.
The Blackhawks season was all about the young players, and there were some really good pieces added this year. Brandon Hagel, Pius Suter, Philipp Kurashev, Wyatt Kalynuk, and many more young guys all got their starts in the NHL this year.
The only reason I say that this injury is the nail in the coffin for the Blackhawks is that Boqvist dealing with an injury like this definitely doesn’t help the young defenseman.
The Blackhawks do not have a number one defenseman, and Boqvist was part of the mix to take on that role someday.
During this season alone Boqvist has dealt with concussions, Covid, and now a broken wrist. That is a lot for one young defenseman to go through and now the team is going to have to be careful with his recovery going forward.
This team has been through a lot, and losing Boqvist for the season does not help his development. However, it does open up a roster spot for another defenseman to play. Stillman, Kalynuk, Beaudin, and Mitchell all have cracked the lineup this season, with Stillman and Kalynuk being the two most prominent in the lineup the past few games.
The Blackhawks know where they stand with Boqvist. He is a very skilled defenseman that still has some ways to go, but definitely has a high ceiling in this league. So now they have seven games to play some of these other guys more often and see who should be in the NHL and who should be in Rockford.
Hope Adam Boqvist has a speedy recovery and can be back with the Blackhawks soon!