Blackhawks: Chicago calls up Adam Boqvist ahead of California trip

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The Chicago Blackhawks make an exciting move ahead of the California road trip, as Adam Boqvist’s NHL debut is now imminent.

The Chicago Blackhawks need a spark in the worst way. They are headed out on the California road trip to play the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks. They called up one of their top prospects in Adam Boqvist, and he should make his NHL debut on the trip. This is an exciting time for Chicago as they believe Boqvist is going to be a big part of their future.

Boqvist was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft eighth overall. He is their top defensive prospect and figures to be a big part of the future core. He spent last season with the London Knights and the first part of this season with the Rockford Ice Hogs. The 19-year-old blueliner played in six games with Rockford and he recorded the first goal of his pro career with them on Wednesday vs. San Antonio.

He was incredible with the London Knights of the OHL last season as he had 20 goals and 40 assists for a total of 60 points in 54 games. He was second amongst defenseman in goal scoring and was sixth amongst defenseman in points with those 60 he had. It was a great year for him and the Blackhawks are elated about what he might be able to bring to them.

The Blackhawks know that they are going to need to monitor his minutes and make sure that he gets favorable matchups to ease him into the National Hockey League. It is a thrilling time for the organization and after playing the worst game they’ve played in a long time, they needed a spark of some sort. Hopefully, the Blackhawks can see something from him that allows them to keep him up all year long.

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The first game Chicago plays with him is on Saturday night in Los Angeles against the Kings. The Blackhawks just recently handled the Kings so they might be the perfect team to get Boqvist in action. There are no easy games in the NHL, however, but the Kings might be the right team for him to make his NHL debut against.