The Blackhawks dropped a preseason contest against the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 4-2 last night. However, the big news of the night came after the game when head coach Joel Quenneville delivered an interesting statement regarding defenseman Adam Boqvist.
Adam Boqvist not going back to London right away. He will stay with #Blackhawks. Joel Quenneville even went as far as to say he wouldn’t rule out him starting the season in Chicago. They want to see more.
— Chris Wescott (@TheChrisWescott) September 21, 2018
Most Hawks fans and Chicago media thought the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NHL draft, who is only 18 years old, would head to the London Knights of the OHL for their season opener tonight. It turns out the Blackhawks were impressed with his play and want a longer look at him.
After getting some nerves out of the way on Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Boqvist had a much better game last night in Detroit. He was involved in offensive rushes, but his most impressive moment may have been his 1-on-1 shutdown of Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou, one of the fastest skaters in the NHL.
This is some good transition defense by our beautiful boy, Boqvist, against one of the fastest players in the world pic.twitter.com/nNQP22Folm
— Chief (@BarstoolChief) September 20, 2018
The decision to keep Boqvist around may be driven partially by the current injuries to Connor Murphy, Gustav Forsling, Jan Rutta, and Brent Seabrook, but there is no denying the coaching staff likes what they see from the young defenseman. The Blackhawks also have a little flexibility for a trial run due to his contract structure.
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) September 21, 2018
As of right now, nobody knows if Adam Boqvist will be on the opening night roster or if he will just play in a few more preseason games. He will not be in the lineup when the Hawks visit the Ottawa Senators tonight at 6:30 PM CT (broadcast on NBCSCH+), but we will likely see him take the United Center ice when the team returns home for three more exhibition contests next week.
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