Blackhawks: Three young players who can impact play-in series

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Chicago Blackhawks Adam Boqvist
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94. . D. Chicago Blackhawks. Adam Boqvist. 27. player

The defense playing well is the number one question mark for this young Blackhawks team. One guy who can help answer those questions is Adam Boqvist. He was their first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and played his rookie year this year. He had his ups and downs as the year went on but he showed that he has all of the skills in the world. It has been a lot of fun to watch him develop over the years and the hope is that he can be one of the best offensive defensemen on the team.

In 2019-20, he had four goals and nine assists for 13 points in 41 games. He only played in those 41 games of the season as the Hawks wanted to get his feet wet. He played in 15 games for the Rockford Ice Hogs and had one goal and five assists for six points. The fact that he played the majority of his season in the NHL as opposed to the AHL is good news for him and his development.

Boqvist can use his skills to help the Blackhawks create chances against Edmonton. The Oilers and Hawks each like to score so that could be the type of play that helps Boqvist put up numbers. If he is able to have an impact in this series, the Blackhawks will be better off for it in the present and in the future. He is one of the biggest pieces of this team’s future.