Adam Boqvist is going to be one of the best players on this defense for many years to come, but that doesn’t have to mean he is the best of the best right from the start of his career. Boqvist is still one of the youngest players on this team, he is just 20 years old.
While he is one of the best prospects this organization has, this past season showed that he is not invincible. Boqvist suffered a handful of injuries, that ultimately ended his season too soon. The NHL is a tough place to play for anyone, but for a 20-year-old still trying to improve his game that is not easy.
Just giving Boqvist ten or so games in the AHL to kind of get into the swing of things next season and making sure he is ready for the grind of an NHL season would be important. Overall I think Boqvist is one of the best players Chicago has on their team, and I think he would be even better with a little more confidence from playing in the AHL.
It might seem weird for a player that has already played two seasons in the NHL to go down to the AHL for a month or so, but neither of Boqvist’s two seasons in the NHL were full years. Giving him another chance to develop and be the number one guy might be a good thing for him.