Jeremy Colliton said Adam Boqvist’s shoulder injury is considered to be “minor,” but it’s unclear whether he’ll miss a game or two coming out of Christmas break. #Blackhawks
— Charlie Roumeliotis (@CRoumeliotis) December 24, 2019
Adam Boqvist Injured
Boqvist left Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils after his first shift. The young Swede took a hard hit and did not return. He was playing against his brother, Jesper Boqvist, for the first time in an NHL rink.
So far this season, Boqvist has scored one goal and two assists for three points in 14 games. He also has to go along with four penalty minutes. His possession numbers are 48.9 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 4.5.
This is the first full season for the eighth overall pick of the 2018 NHL Draft. Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said the injury was minor when he talked to the media after the game. Chicago is slated to play the New York Islanders on Friday in the first game after the Christmas break.
The 19-year-old has split time this season between the Blackhawks and the AHL Rockford IceHogs. He has a goal and five assists in 15 games with the minor league club.
What This Means for the Future
The Blackhawks will likely move Dennis Gilbert to the second power-play unit to cover for Boqvist. A further update should be provided ahead of Friday’s game against the Islanders.
Chicago’s defence seems to be in a state of flux as Brent Seabrook sat out a fourth straight game. General manager Stan Bowman said that the will make an announcement on the 34-year-old defenceman sometime soon.
Defencemen like Olli Maatta and Duncan Keith have also been in and out of the lineup due to injuries this season. Losing Boqvist is a blow to the team struggling to keep pace in the Central Division. The Blackahwks sit in last place of the division with 36 points.
DALLAS, TX – JUNE 22: Adam Boqvist poses after being selected eighth overall by the Chicago Blackhawks during the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)