Adam Boqvist was a bit of a surprise on draft night by the Blackhawks. There were multiple avenues they could have gone. Many thought they would draft one of the high profile forwards, particularly Oliver Wahlstrom. But Stan Bowman added another young, skilled defenseman to the system who has been compared to Erik Karlsson.
The Blackhawks signed Boqvist to a three year entry deal last week, giving them the ability to be involved in his development. The 17 year-old planned to return to the SHL and play for Brynas. He appeared in 15 games for them last season but only averaged 7:37 of ice time.
Signing with the Knights will give Boqvist more ice time and will get use to the smaller rink. Boqvist was drafted by the Knights in the 2017 CHL import draft, thus owning his rights if he chose to play for them.
Playing with the Knights is one step close to the NHL. Because Boqvist was technically drafted out of Sweden, he is eligible to join the AHL this season. It’s too early to say if he will join the IceHogs but it’s a possibility. The sooner he’s ready for the United Center the better.
Marian Hossa is still here?!?
The Blackhawks are still surveying the market for someone to take on Hossa’s contract. Carolina, Ottawa, and Arizona are a few teams that could need the $5,275,000 cap hit to reach the new cap floor of $58.8M.
The search continues for a top-four defenseman
A top four defenseman is still a need for Stan Bowman and Co. They signed Brandon Manning once free agency opened but he’s no more than a third pairing d-man. The Blackhawks were in on Justin Faulk but a report surfaced today that the Hurricanes wanted Brandon Saad apart of the deal but the Blackhawks are not moving him again.
Will Erik Karlsson ever leave Ottawa?
Over the weekend, it was reported that the Dallas Stars had emerged as the frontrunner to land one of the hottest names of the offseason in Karlsson. Now, it has been all about the Tampa Bay Lightning emerging as a possible trade destination. Do we really know at this point where Karlsson will go?
Could the Blackhawks be one of those teams referred to above? One example is moving Hossa to Ottawa because it helps them with their climb to reach the cap floor as I have stated previously. It makes perfect sense for the Blackhawks to at least sniff around and see if they could work something out.