Blackhawks Assign Adam Boqvist To Rockford

On Thursday morning the Chicago Blackhawks sent rookie defenseman Adam Boqvist to Rockford.

This move indicates Connor Murphy will be activated soon, which was clear when he joined the team on the trip to Vegas and skated with the team in regular practice.

Boqvist was the most logical immediate move because he doesn’t require waivers to be sent down.

In six games with the Blackhawks the 19-year-old scored one goal and averaged 14:27 of ice time per game. He was credited with five hits, three blocked shots and two takeaways. He saw 9:13 in power play ice time over his six appearances.

52 thoughts on “Blackhawks Assign Adam Boqvist To Rockford

  1. BAD…BAD move.
    It seems like the Hawks are the only team that drafts kids and say the need to be in the minors for some time to get ready????? Yet other teams draft and the kids play right away….How are they going to learn the NHL play if in the minors.If you are the best of the best in the minors you will not improve…That’s right let’s keep playing slow foot/ out of position Seabrook.
    Bowman your days should be numbered, but Daddy is protecting you.

  2. Boqvist looked good but he is going to play, right now Rfd is where there is a spot for him. Expect him back at some point.

    When Murphy is activated looks like they would have space to recall Sikura, Quenneville, Fortin or Nilsson. Others cap hits to high if performance bonuses calculated into their caphit. If Cagguila out for a bit and is put on ltir then recalling any fwd from Rfd be doable if they want to.

  3. re: Two4tripping saying this is a “BAD…BAD move.”

    IT’S A BUSINESS DECISION.

    I’m seriously not sure how much more plain we could have been in the article. He’s the only defenseman on the roster that doesn’t require waivers to go down.

    This has nothing to do with his play on the ice. It’s about not losing someone for nothing like they did w/ Dahlstrom at the beginning of the season.

  4. In assessing this move, I defer somewhat to the opinions of the TV analysts, Konroyd and Mayers.
    Their opinions last night were that Boqvist was not seeing enough minutes as a defenseman at the NHL level to properly develop. The both said that he needed to be playing about 20 minutes per night, compared to the 10 – 11 minutes he’s getting with the big club. They were both adamant that this wasn’t about his play, which has been decent, but as specifically a defenseman he needed to be logging those heavier minutes game in and game out. That seems to make sense to me. He’s definitely a big future piece of the Blackhawks going forward, but he needs to be developed the right way.

    Murphy coming back does make this a business decision. It also becomes a development decision where the player going down knows he can play at the big level, but will get more applicable experience playing down to prepare him for the future.

  5. Not only was he not getting enough minutes, both Boqvist himself and the Hawks now have film seeing what are some of the things he struggled at NHL level and work on in Rockford.

  6. This is a good move. He has proven he can play at the NHL level, but needs to improve in certain areas. It is really good knowing that he is in the Hawks’ system and available in case of injury. If no injuries, he can play a lot of minutes in Rockford and be back next year. This was a good move even without the waivers consideration. With the waivers dynamic, it makes it almost automatic that it had to be Bovquist.

  7. This is the right move even if Boqvist is one of the best 6 D men (which IMO he is)

    With Murphy coming back there is no room for him currently unless you sit one of the veterans which obviously JC is loathe to do right now – once Gus is traded or there’s an injury he’ll be back

    I agree playing 20 minutes a night in AHL will help his development

    However if they go on a losing streak and the defence is getting overwhelmed or Gus is taking his defensive suckage to another whole level then maybe he’ll be called back up to give them a spark

    I thought he did provide a spark when he was called up this time

  8. Very disappointing. I think he’s better than Koekkoek right now. Additionally, Seabrook is still a liability in most situations. The Hawks need to make room for Boqvist. I agree he needs minutes, but he needs NHL minutes. Spending the remainder of the year in Rockford would be counter productive in my view. Of course, my view doesn’t mean doodoo????

  9. Sending him down now so he can play big minutes and get used to the speed and contact is the right move. If we can move Gus at the TDL that would potentially be the time to recall Boqvist. It’s a plan that writes itself it you think about it.

    I would rather see Boqvist settle in at Rockford and spend the next 30-40 games developing rather than yoyo him back and forth and only get short minutes with the big club.

  10. 2, 5, 6, 7, and 44 are if healthy going to play every day except for rare scratch for a wake up call. If not they will be moved, Gus if not part of tbe future,his trade value is better maximized by playing than sitting. Koekkoek is no. 7 Boqvist isn’t learning sitting every night. Now and then maybe but not regularly in press box.
    So for now Boqvist can still learn and improve in Rfd. Also as Tab said he doesn’t need waivers to go down and risk losing another defenseman, it makes sense for now. Plus cap issues need resolved and his caphit and bonuses off books for now it is easier this way too, until that is resolved.

  11. re: Two4tripping saying “It seems like the Hawks are the only team that drafts kids and say the need to be in the minors for some time to get ready?????” This is one of those “not sure if serious” moments because that is definitely not the case. You would be out of your mind as a Detroit fan because they keep their prospects marinating in Grand Rapids forever.

  12. I think sending Boqvist back to Rockford is a good move for a couple reasons – the main one being he will get more ice time which will speed up his development. He played only 6 NHL games so he’s still eligible for another ELC slide year which is good for the Hawks – but even if he is recalled later in the year and blows through the 10-game threshold, he will be better prepared to play bigger minutes in the NHL because of these 6 games and then going back to Rockford to work on the things he learned in the NHL.

  13. His play has not been particularly great. Last night he was out of position multiple times and led to scoring changes against. He needs to develop in the AHL. While he has been sometimes good on the PP he needs to develop his defensive play before he’s ready for the NHL.

  14. TJ Brodie collapsed to ice today convulsing during Flames practice. Taken by stretcher to hospital, alert and responsive.

  15. After watching LV last night, they aren’t as fast as i remembered them in the past. I know they have lost some of the guys that provided that element early on. Their d could use a puck moving defensemen with some speed, I know a team that has one readily available and I’m sure would love to acquire 1 of those prospects Vegas has been stashing away.

  16. Played better defensively than he did in Rockford. Needs to get more minutes. He get 12-15 here. Can get 20-22 in Rockford.

    Boqvist himself said he was surprised he was called up

  17. Never realized until just read it, Alex Regula acquired from the Red Wings, missed the summer showcase with a knee injury, suffered in workouts. Was cleared to play again August 28th and in Traverse City on Sept. 12th suffered a concussion and missed Red Wings training camp. He returned to Knights lineup Oct. 12th and has been playing regularly since then.

  18. What’s the hurry? Boq is just 19. Let him develop so he is ready next season. We are not a playoff team, unless our goalies can continue to stop 40+ shots a night.

  19. Its good to see Boqvist sent back to Rockford.He was playing conservative and tentative here trying not to make mistakes so he might be kept here.His Offensive movement and creativity was not on display at all.When the Hawks play the back to back against Colorado next week,watch #8 Cale Makar form the Avalanche.Boqvist should look something like that.Also Dallas has a couple of very young defensemen with that special combination of speed and creativity.

  20. Think we also started to play better as a team and do better once 27 came up, after not having 5 for some games. Going to nice to have both 44 and 5 and 27

  21. I don’t think Boqvist has the speed of Makar. Boqvist is good on his edges and has decent speed but he’s not in the same “speed demon” category as Makar. Boqvist’s ceiling has been said to be Karlsson, which is pretty good – but Karlsson before his injury was elite level fast but since his injury several years ago he lost a little speed where he’s now merely fast but not elite level fast. Boqvist is more like the post-injury Karlsson – which is still damn good. Whether Boqvist can reach the offense prowess of Karlsson remains to be seen but I think he can be better defensively than Karlsson who really isn’t all that good defensively.

  22. Keep in mind Makar (who does look like a future Norris candidate) is 2 years older than Boquist.

    So in fairness hopefully Boquist will look like Makar in 2 years time not now.

    Sending him down is good right now but I also don’t think it would have hurt him to stay in CHI as long as he’s in the line up and not sitting

    I think he’s ready for the NHL – of course he’s still learning but he’s ready to learn at the NHL level IMO and I think he’ll be back at some point this year when a spot opens up

  23. Interesting that Ben Pope from the SunTimes is reporting that the Hawks are down on Dylan Sikura. Hmmm. It seems when you get in Colliton’s dog house as a young player. You are done. Jokiharju, Perlini, Sikura. Nylander seems to be the one guy who has immunity from this.

    Ian, I spoke to somebody within the organization after the Perlini/Regula trade.
    I was told “ we think Regula can be an NHL player “.

  24. A really good move to send him back in Rockford and the short trip with the Hawks will help him big time with the Hogs and will give him a lot of confidence for his return where he belong for this year ….dont need to put pressure on the kid .
    He will come back again for another 10-15 games in 1 or 2 shot with the Hawks before finishing the year with playoff experience in Rockford
    I think Hawks should try to sign Strom soon at maybe 4 – 5 millions/ year for 4-5 years.then it would take pressure out for Hawks .i really thing its better now then at the end of the year plus him and his friend ( D-Cat) would be on a cloud knowing they will play togetter for a long period. He can cost more iff Hawks wait to much

  25. Craig – I’m not sure “doghouse” is the right phrase to use – perhaps he reaches a conclusion on the upside of the player that is unlikely to change. I watched quite a bit of the Buffalo game last night. Joki is still very young and I believe can be a solid player. He is a very good puck mover and he scored a goal on a terrible turnover where he was perfectly positioned yet the weakness we saw in Chicago is still apparent. He struggles with physical play and several times lost board battles that led to quality chances. It is possible that JC and the rest of the org felt other prospects had higher ceilings. With Sikura he got to see him close up for most of the year as well as in camp. It’s not like he is a 20 year old prospect so the odds are lower that he can make major advances. He also has a body type that we don’t really need any more of (see Kahun, Dominic). Perlini doesn’t require much discussion, let’s hope your sources are accurate on Regula. A couple weeks ago I called for JC to be canned so I am no apologist but I don’t think the decisions on these three players are crazy but only time will tell.

  26. Hope so Craig, that would mean Boqvist, Murphy and Seabrook all locked up long term. Regula just signed and Mitchell signing in spring or it seems so, suddenly the right side becomes crowded.

    Left side not as clear after a couple of years, Dehaan, Keith and Maatta all locked up for 2 to 3 term and some younger players in the wings. Likely some movement there too.

  27. Makar + Byram will be a nightmare for the rest of the west for 10+ years.

    JC doghousing Joki was flat out dumb. I mean, what even was the point?

    Sikura is too slight and not elusive enough to survive in the NHL regardless of what does in the A.

  28. re: the Hawks being “down” on Dylan Sikura – there’s a logjam of players who many feel could be contributors at the NHL level in Chicago’s system. Guys like Sikura, Gilbert, Krys, Holm, Carlsson will likely fall into the same trap Dahlstrom and the older Saarela did.

    This provides the Blackhawks some depth to use when considering moves. It also opens the door for second guessing on sites like this if/when the Blackhawks make a deal that involves a player who might find a better opportunity to reach his potential elsewhere (see Jokiharju).

    At the end of the day what all Hawks fans want/expect is that the Blackhawks put a championship-caliber roster on the ice. They have good depth right now. They have a decent roster at the NHL level that has it’s issues but it appears to be an improvement from the past two years. If Bowman/the next GM wants to improve the roster further he will have options.

  29. I think this Hawk Doghouse thing has been going on for quite a while now.Look at the long list of players that Coach Q refused to give a chance to.Watched Perlini since the trade to Detroit and he dropped to their 4th line within 4 games and has done nothing for them on the score sheet.Read a TSN Canada article and inside source on Jokiru that laid out a confrontational tenure at Rockford last year where he refused to accept any coaching on his offensive game and tuned all the coaches out.On an unrelated topic,please tell me that Kirby Dach does not weigh 164 pounds.Wasnt his Draft weight 198 to 205 Lbs?

  30. Tab, well stated. I have my needs as well. But after a while…..woulda, shoulda, coulda serves little purpose.
    With the current 50 contract and 100 percent effort most nights will win enough games to make the playoffs.

  31. Like to see Bowman look to sonebody like Bolts, who will have cap issues again, use players like Sikura, maybe Gus if he signs reasonable emough to satisfy them. Bring back somebody like a Sergachev, an Rfa that with Hedman and McDonagh locked up long term on leftside, will be tough to justify resigning for them. A big strong skating 2 way guy could potentially be the top guy with Boqvist for the foreseeable future. May have to move some cap to get him, Lehner and Strome signed, but have a blueline that could have.behind those 2
    2 5
    44 7
    As a formidable blueline in present and transition pieces and build around piecess as you go into future.

  32. Frankly I don’t buy the doghouse theory on the above mentioned players

    Some who were supposedly doghoused just weren’t good enough players – maybe Perlini falls into that category – certainty Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri I think qualify

    I think the one player who seemed not to be able to get out of the ‘doghouse’ and should have was Kempny but that was Q

    Joki IMO was not handling the physical part of the game when he got sent down – I don’t think they soured on him really just thought the AHL would be good for his development – Boquist just got sent down and I don’t think they’ve soured on him

    That Nylander was available in a trade I think was a bit unexpected so the Hawks jumped on it figuring they needed a top 6 prospect more than a D prospect – time will tell on whether that was a good trade

    I’d heard the Joki having friction with the coaches in RKF angle before so maybe there is something to that but that’s not on JC who was in CHI at the time

  33. Tab’s got it exactly right – at the end of the day all that matters is the Hawks put a champion caliber team on the ice – not the names of the players on the roster. I’m a big Sikura fan and hope he gets another shot and does well with it – but as long as the Hawks are building toward a competitive and then championship level team – I really don’t care if Sikura is on that team.

  34. If Sikura is in any kind of doghouse, it’s not without him first getting his shots at playing with the big club. He was in the lineup playing on good lines a lot toward the end of last season. IMO he was actually hurting the team down the stretch run, where he was taking up lots of ice time and providing absolutely nothing in return. Maybe pressure on a young kid hurt his confidence, who knows? But he was rag dolled around and didn’t produce assists much less goals.
    He didn’t show much in the preseason, and now new kids in town both older and younger are using up his time, and there doesn’t seem to be room on an improved team.
    Best of luck to him going forward, but he needs to sponge all of the good advice he can get and try to make a career, either in Chicago or elsewhere.

  35. Some encouraging news on Alec Regula from somebody who was in London tonight :

    Steve Kournianos
    @TheDraftAnalyst
    ·
    16m
    Statement win for Flint as the Firebirds stomp the host London Knights 6-1. Knights were ok but timing was off on a few plays that could have given them the lead. Lots of overhanding and fancy moves that were necessary. Alec Regula (CHI) was a one-man show most of the night.

  36. Article in the Atlantic confirms…..Dach takes the most hits per minute in the league. Of course, could only read the first part of the article. Maybe that’s what limits Dach’s minutes….. protection from himself. Hope the kid makes it through the year

  37. Dach’s skill set is so interesting and appealing.
    But I agree about some concerns about his long term health. Toews didn’t reach some of the lofty offensive numbers he might have for at least a couple of reasons-one is his style of play and his general fearlessness and the other is his dedication to playing a 200 foot game, with much time of the PK.
    Dach at this point has a different body, especially at 18, but some of the mentality of 19. Let’s hope he learns to play a smart game and stays well. 6ft 5- high draft picks that play with the puck, are going to be targets of many.

  38. Wouldn’t mind seeing Dach play with Kampf and Kubalik for now, they play against more skilled less physical lines as a rule. Also frees Shaw up to play with 19 and 20 when Nylander not playing up to par.
    Could also lead to an evemtual 3rd line maybe 8, 77, 92 or something as year progresses.

  39. Brandon Pirri on waivers. Hmmm. The guy can score, makes his home in Chicago,
    is friends with Kane. Q is gone so there’s that.

  40. Pirri could definitely bring some secondary scoring. If somebody comes off Nhl roster for Pirri, who goes down. They made a committment to Dach, doubt Pirri is type of player who changes their mind on that. Nylander maybe, but seems to be a committment to make a Nhl player out of him too. Not sure giving up defense or physical play is something they would do either. At a $775,000 caphit maybe go with 14 forwards for now if they want, he should fit that way, especially if Cagguila going to be out for a bit.

  41. 11 games. 1 assist. I thought we got rid of Perlini already. I think there’s better options in Rockford.

  42. Pirri did improve his coverage and back checking in his years with Vegas.If you are going to lose Cagguila would not mind taking a look.He would be a better fit with Toews and Saad right now.Nylander is going to need some time and coaching.His game is just way too soft and he floats too much for the NHL Game.Looking at the Rockford roster besides maybe Highmore and Wedin there is just nothing there that’s ready to help from the forwards.

  43. Craig looking at cap friendly, it seems like they may have only a little $600,000 in cap space without the ltir. It shows them with just over 1.2 m in cap space with regular caphits and still showing them about $600,000 over bonus limit that has to accounted for with the cap space.

  44. Soderlund 7 games with 1 assist, Versteeg 6 games with 1 assist, Quenneville 5 games with 1 goal and Hakkarainen 5 games with 0 points. No contributing much to Rfd so far.

  45. I be fine with Pirri since we do not have much. I like to see Highmore more though and do want Sikura to do well so he is good enough.

    Like that guy said who ever makes the roster better on our way to championship level roster in a yr.

    We have the depth now we need improve some quality.

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