Adam Boqvist Leaving SHL, Joining London Knights

Adam Boqvist will become the next Chicago Blackhawks prospect to play for the London Knights.

When Chicago signed their most recent first round pick, GM Stan Bowman indicated the organization wants to be involved in his development with an interest in getting him to the NHL quickly.

Patrick Kane and David Bolland have previously played for the Knights before joining the Blackhawks.

53 thoughts on “Adam Boqvist Leaving SHL, Joining London Knights

  1. Excellent news. The London program is top notch and Dale Hunter get’s players ready to play an NHL style game.

    Plus as has already been mentioned – we will be able to “watch” progress better than he stayed in Sweden.

  2. London- supposed to be good this year???

    seems like last year- was a down year

    anybody know?

  3. Wall-I think last year was about as down as that program let’s it get-they will be in the hunt this year-they have three really good D-men.
    Formenton (a forward)and Bouchard invited to Canada’s summer showcase. They also have Robert Thomas a first round pick.

  4. Good news for obvious reasons. There’s even an IKEA in London in case he needs a Poang or a Honsbar.

  5. Jordyhawk, also Sveedish meatballs … although they’re not as good as my mormor used to make … or my farmor, for that matter.

  6. I am convinced that Stan and company are now trying to emulate Nashville.
    The most recent top pick = Jokiharju, Mitchell, Boqvist, Beaudin, all defensemen.

    Also, I read the Chicago Tribune article on Brandon Manning. He said he had a 3 year offer from…Nashville.

    Notice that Preds GM David Poole always dabbles around the fringes when it comes to free agency. Hmmm Stan taking the same tact.

    I think McDonough was so jaded by the sweep by Nashville that he wants Stan to use that formula as the Hawks go forward. Guys like Soderlund compared to Arvidson, Boqvist compared to Ryan Ellis by the Hockey News. Ejdsahl signed by Nashville, acquired by the Hawks in a trade.

    Lots of parallels. Just my observation.

  7. Yea I was thinking same, in at least the D. I was saying the other day about how were loading up, like NAS, with lots of Defenseman and were going to loaded like that once were a top team again.

  8. Graig,

    Except for all start Ryan Ellis, how many small dmen do Nashville have??? And they traded Seth Jones for Johanson! Had James Neil on the wing! Now Ryan Hartman! Forsberg on the wing. You lose a 1st rounder like Hartman and replaced him by another 5’10” dman in Beaudin. Well, we have Kunitz???

    Dean Lombardi

  9. Makita, stop your ranting. Boqvist is the second-ranked European skater and Beaudin (5′ 11″) is a better skater with more upside than just about anyone picked in the late round. An upgrade from ill-tempered Hartman. In an earlier blog string, I sent the group a chart of grades for all 31 teams from 10 sources. The Hawks came in fourth. Other sites generally gave them an A-. If the Hawks had a draft like this every other year, they would be a perennial cup contender. Oh, and Nashville had the worst draft grades. Yes, we need some size and physicality, but at the moment, things are looking up 2-3 years out.

  10. O6H, I’m not surprised the Hawks draft is rated highly. Granted, I’m usually more optimistic than the average, but I think the 2018 may turn out to be one of the best Hawks drafts. What’s the norm – maybe 1 or 2 out of all the draft picks from a particular year ever make it in the NHL, maybe 3 players on a very good year. I feel very confident that Boqvist, Beaudin and Wise are future NHL players and if that happens – that is a very good draft class. Then there is Niklas Nordgren – the more I learn about him and the more highlights I see the more I think he may end up being a 4th NHL’er from the 2018 draft class. But … I’m probably being a little too optimistic … what else is there to do in the off season?

  11. Makita21, Hartman blows. Didn’t do much in Nashville at all. Got suspended in the playoffs after a dirty hit AND was a healthy scratch for 3 games.

  12. @ER: I hear you. I really enjoy following drafting and player development – it’s a huge part of why I’m a fan (that’s one reason I am disappointed when guys like Danault and Johns are tossed away just when they are on the cusp of making it).

    That said, nothing wrong with being optimistic (it’s part of the fun) even though, as you note, most of that hope is ultimately dashed (although then again resurrected in the next draft class).

    I saw Yakupov signed to play in the K next year. I’m glad we’ve never blown a pick like that although Barker was a big miss. No guarantees.

  13. There have been some high 1st round misses – Barker (3), Skille (7), Beach (11) are three big misses but the Hawks aren’t the only team that missed on high 1st rounders.

  14. but what about all those game winning goals he scored in games 60-80 and in one playoff game. I would like to read those posts/threads from then again.

  15. Speaking of getting excited about young guys/draft picks. The league is more top heavy with players from draft then guys 35-40, so getting these big drafts like 17 and 18, is why I know we can get back to top team. No other top 10 team got as good/many players we got in last two drafts.

  16. Hey Mox, Original,

    Ever play hockey? If cannot discuss opinoins in a mature fashion, then talk about something else. Not everyone thinks BOWMAN has done anythiug great as a GM.
    And i am not saying Beaudin is a bad dman, what I am saying and anyone whon has watched the HAWKS win 3 cups, knows who we had as impact players.
    Move on an accept the fact that we dfrafted 4 dman the last 2 years and no one on the wings in the 1st round except for ticket selling, home born Ryan Hartman!
    In November you will see the IMPACT little boys like KAHUN, VINNY or SIKURA will have?

  17. If you can honestly say Bowman has a plan, than you are in denial MOX. Try to make a hockey comment? Tools are for construction workers that I respect!
    Kunitz and the rest of his moves the last 3 years have been awful. We all know it. And all these dmen he has drafted in the last 10 years, way too many the last 4 years (Gilbert, Hillman, Dalhstrom, etc… not NHL calibre)
    So, Kane and TOEWS cannot wait too much longer for BOWMAN to wake up. Bowman had 10 years to build a farm system and manage a team.
    I hope COACH Q watched the playoffs. Maybe he has forgotten what BUFF, LADD, HOSSA, BICKELL, STALBERG, BROUWER brought to the team for example. So, let’s challenge STAN and KELLEY? Let’s see what KNOTT and IACOPELLI can bring to the table. Not smurfs like Pelletier and Anthony Louis?

  18. Feel for Kane who will produce even less points this upcoming season with this roster. His patience will be tested and rumours of wanting to be traded will surface. And with a geek as a GM, this will happen sooner rather than later. BUFFALO!

  19. Why would we draft a FW, when we already drafted 8 and 12. The Defense wasn’t deep farm wise then. Now we got two draft with Dman. We prob get that big and fast and skilled FW next draft.

    I aint worried about anything, except for Crow health and young guys stay healthy so they can progress/take it to level.

    2yrs yrs and were back there.
    This yr we do good, make playoffs.

  20. With a need for top 4 defencemen being very apparent and limited opportunity for top 6 forwards in the near future, it seems taking skilled defencemen with top 4 potential is a no brainer to me. Wise looks like a forward who could have a bit of upside along with others drafted later. Maybe there is a gem there, plus you can’t draft everything at once. With the russian forwards in the future mix along with Soderlund and Barrett there appears to be some help coming, plus some more ncaa prospects that one or two may emerge from also.

  21. Makita,

    Lay off the sauce my man. You couldn’t even spell your handle properly lol. And you tell me to make posts that are hockey related, then you turn around and call Stan a dork that won’t be able to keep Kane happy. Ignorant.
    The game has changed. It will take time to adapt, but make no mistake, the hawks are adapting. Whether they want to admit it or not, they’re rebuilding on the fly. If they weren’t, they would have jumped in on some bad contracts, or made a trade that would have fleeced them of future prospects. Some of the term/money that’s been thrown around this off-season is insane. Hawks don’t need to be desperate, which would cripple them in future years. This team will win another cup within the next 3 seasons.

  22. Would love next 3 yrs. Thinking anywhere in 2-7 yrs range.
    Its going to sweet watching the Blackhawks flying around, being as fast/faster then other teams again.

    If we thought they would make a difference, we could have got
    Roussel for 3m caphit
    Puss in boots 3m caphit (Reaves)

  23. Not getting Riemsdyk he got 2.3 for 3rd pair guy would be a luxury. Like 8 and 32 for 2.2 and 2 those two yrs.

    Who would have thought that TB would need Mcdonough and Karlsson along with the top roster in hockey to have a shot at winning. Where does TB go from here.

    Until we do our trades, its a long ways to OCT., really NOV that’s when teams are up to speed. Cannot go by anything in the first 5 games.

  24. Here a thought. What if Stan did not spend big bucks last weeke (7/1), because he wants to have cap money to sign Panerin next July ?
    Perhaps that’s why he has not moved Anisimov.
    Maybe the future core up front is : Kane, Toews, Saad, Schmaltz, deBrincat, Panerin, Anisimov + Sikura, Hinostroza, Edjsall, Hayden.
    So the addition of ONE GUY, makes the entire forward group that much better.

    Suddenly things look much brighter.

  25. I mentioned/thought that wks ago when people talking about trades and Bread Man. I thought why trade anything for him when we can get for free.

    Might have been the plan all along. A creative way to get Saader back, while getting Anismov for free in that trade. Then get Bread Man back when ufa.

    Its really brilliant. Creative way to get back what we should have been able to keep/salary cap stagnate that yr/15.

    No one really knows until panarin signs his next contract where he will go. Even if hes traded, he doesn’t have to sign there. UFA next summer.

    Bowman and crew might already know this, along with Bread and Kaner.

  26. Hey Mox, why do you need to get so personal with immature language? In 3 years how old will Keith, Toews, Seabrook, Kane and Crawford be? Win a cup? That is pretty funny. Now unless you help out those guys very very soon (1-2 years) with young quality players like Washington did to help OVIE (Oshie, Kusnetsov, Carslon, Orlov, Burakovsky, Donnelly, Wilson,Eller, etc…..) I think you are in LALA land. Good to dream though.
    Still have not commented intelligently on Bowman’s work the last 2-3 years with free agent legends like, Baun, Bouma, Wingels, Osterle and company? Why not try to develop wingers and dmen instead of wasting money on NHL rejects? Can you answer that with any maturity or logic. Oh yeah, we have no prospects in Rockford, thx Stan.
    Anyway, #8 is the real deal. LOVE THAT PICK! Debrincat is a nice story but if you think that we did not need to draft a winger with both size and skill, again, LALA land.
    Go Hawks…Go GM Doug Wilson! Retire #24 & #28 Larmer

  27. We can do this caphit wise. Were going to trade Hoss caphit at some point, and have 10% during summer, so it doesn’t have to be before July 1.

    Cap goes up every yr. We pay off player bonuses from past and this yr, by not using the whole cap this yr. Save whats needed for 8 and 12. Then going into yr with 72 signing for 8m ish we have no left over bonuses.

    That’s being creative, keeping every pick/loading up on D, getting 15 for free in Saader trade, then getting Bread Man for free for the 2nd time.

  28. WIth Mcdonough signing contract, are there any top pair D available next two summers. If not Bread or similar top6 player ufa can be done, if we want and Bread wants. We will have the space with Hoss caphit and a normal cap raise.

  29. Craig, what ever we do, were adding a top elite player at some point. Hoss and Hammer we are playing without. Those are to big spots.

    We can get the D spot by the draft and the FW spot by ufa, like 81.

  30. I was told by somebody in the Hawks organization this weekend. “ We have to lose HossaS contract “.

    So going forward everything will be dictated by this.

  31. Hossa’s contract still has 3 years. Therefore a team willing to take on his contract has to think they will still be able to handle the $5.5M dead weight not only next season, but the season after that and the season after that. That’s a big ask. Even budget teams probably hope to be in a better position in 2 or 3 years than having to pay out $1M to get to the Cap floor. I would be surprised if it’s going to cost something substantial to offload Hossa’s contract and depending on the cost it may not be worth it.

  32. EB its not uncommon to see these type of contracts traded a couple of times. Hossa can help somebody reach the floor right away and if in a couple of years they want to move somebody else will want it.

  33. Also its just not reaching the cap floor alone. Hossa contract allows a team a cheap way of giving them room to move a contract during season without worrying about staying over the cap floor, too which can change the trade by taking all prospects and not need a hit back for their books.

  34. Untouchables list in Hoss caphit trade.
    To get a top elite player, yes yes.
    Ian needs to get that info to those teams.
    Bread Man would be lovely with the wave of young players we have coming.
    Just need that two top 4 D.

  35. Anyone know what happened to bring the number of Hawks contracts down from 48 to 47 and their cap space is now up to $3.9M. It appears a player has been removed from the roster but I can’t figure out who.

  36. As it stands today this is a fringe playoff team with to many ifs. Players like Toews and Keith have to get back to elite status and Crawford has to be back for the long haul (not holding my breath). The young kids are just that young kids, nobody knows what we’ll get from them. Seabrook is finished, never seen a player lose it so fast without a major injury. Kane will be Kane goals and points with whatever line mates he has. The penalty kill will still be terrible and the powerplay will be middle of the pack. But wait 2-3-4 years and who knows, but this season is more of what we saw last year and that hurts.

  37. EB they have 48 contracts but Boqvist will go to OHL next season and not count against the 50 now.

  38. Makita,

    It’s taken Stan some time to be able to right the ship after going all in for several seasons and dealing any draft/prospect capital we had to stay in win-now mode.
    And it’s amazing that a team with no prospects made it to the AHL Conference Finals less than two months ago. Crazy how that happened.

  39. I have to agree with the previous comment, I believe our AHL team was made up of many journeymen Ex-NHLers or career AHLers. Not that many real prospects. Suffice to say, Stan has not kept the team’s farm system in good health. I am very confused by the free agent signings the last 2-3 years. And our roster is weeker this year as well.

  40. Mikita,

    I think that you make a great point about trying to develop some of our young
    prospects instead of signing these old guys that are way past there prime.

    Probably the biggest problem is there are fans and management that actually think
    the Hawks can win something.

    I hear Keith needs a number one guy to play with. How about Keith getting his ice
    cut back. Maybe let Forsling play on the number one power play? At least Forsling
    can shoot the puck and he is young.

    I’m also hearing Kane should be playing with Toews and I’m thinking why wouldn’t
    almost everyone want Kane to be playing with Schmaltz? Schmaltz has elite skills
    and will be one of the Hawks most important young players for years. If he doesn’t get traded.

    We need Crawford to get healthy and have a great season I hear…
    We might want to find a replacement for Crawford that’s a lot younger and healthier
    before we are totally screwed.

    While our core guys are Legends they are now for the most part shadows of there former selves. Changes are coming it’s just a matter of sooner or later.

  41. Every team in the hardest division is a fringe/borderline playoff team, other then NAS and WIN.

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