Not only are the Chicago Blackhawks keeping young Kirby Dach in the NHL for the time being, but they’ve also made a move to promote another future cornerstone. Adam Boqvist is on his way to the Blackhawks after being recalled from the Rockford IceHogs after just six professional games.
Boqvist, the eighth overall pick in 2018, had been playing in the AHL even though he still had eligibility in the CHL. After tearing apart the OHL for the London Knights last season—Boqvist scored 20 goals and 60 points in just 54 games—the Blackhawks obviously felt he was ready for the professional jump. Now he’s taken an even bigger leap to the NHL after recording one goal with Rockford.
It’s hard to express just how dangerous Boqvist is with the puck, jumping into the rush or walking the line in the offensive zone. The question is whether he will be able to get the puck back from opposing NHL forwards enough, something that seemed unlikely even as recently as training camp.
Still, with such an incredible skill level it’s hard to bet against the 19-year old defenseman. If he stays for more than nine games in the NHL the first year of his entry-level contract will kick in, something that wouldn’t have happened if he spent the year in the minor leagues.