67 thoughts on “Adam Boqvist Off COVID Protocol List

  • February 8, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Great news

  • February 8, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    Awesome to hear..since he was in protocol for exactly 14 days, hopefully it was precautionary only..back to pp1 and playing on the right side with Keith..maybe DeHaan gets a game or two off..I actually don’t think DeHaan has been horrible but if someone has to sit, he would be my pick among the veterans..otherwise, leave the pairings as is and send Boqvist to Rockford for a few weeks to play 21 min a night..see how he looks paired with Kalynuk on the left side..


  • February 8, 2021 at 5:04 pm


    Like those pairings. But Rockford playing big minutes wouldn’t be terrible for him at all.

  • February 8, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Good news … now what?

    11F/7D format is one option. 3-man rookie rotation is another option. Or, even a 7-man rotation where every d-man gets 1 out of every 7 games off.

  • February 8, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    This is a great problem to have. With the return of Boqvist, rotational defensemen seems to be the order of the day. Tuesday’s game I wouldn’t mind seeing a pairing of

    Let’s see what the new kid has. Zadorov is a known commodity as is De Haan.

    Offensively, I would like to see what more of Johnson, he was a Hits machine when he played. I’d also like to get a look at Entwistle. Let’s bring a little size to the line-up and give Dallas a different look. Potential lines?


    Give the net to Lankinen and let’s see how it looks.

  • February 8, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    The others seem more NHL ready than Boqvist. IMO he’s better off in Rockford to mature prior to playing with the big team. As long as it takes. Mitchell and Beaudin are more poised and make fewer mistakes.

  • February 8, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Boqvist ———> Rockford

  • February 8, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Not sure the Hawks can justify sitting de Haan in favor of one of Mitchell, Beaudin or Boqvist. Something has to give.

    Either the Hawks go with seven defenseman, or the Hawks put the younglings on a two game out of three rotation to keep them on the NHL roster.

    If all things were equal the Hawks would be able to move one of the vets for a stud prospect forward and or high draft pick and they would play the three kids in the lineup for the rest of the year. If someone faltered for a bit, bring up Kalynuck and send the falterer down for a spell.

    Since I am a betting man I would think the Hawks will go with a combination of 7 defenseman and rotating the three kids on a two starts every three game schedule for the foreseeable future. If one of the kids starts to lag, send him down for a bit.

  • February 8, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    To send Boqvist to Rockford now would be senseless.

  • February 8, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    It wasnt long ago we draft the Horsemen even though we made a trade now the three of them are in. Going to be cool to see how good they really are once they get to 200 games.

    February 8, 2021 at 4:59 pm


  • February 8, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Yes do whats better for devlopment were in no rush this yr! right?

    Top 5 skill draft player.

  • February 8, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    People tend to get stuck in their ways and are reluctant to consider a different way of doing things – chalk it up to human nature. But sometimes when circumstances change the old way of doing something may not be the best way and something new should at least be considered.

    The Hawks’ 2021 season is a different circumstance than past seasons because normally the Hawks top priority is to make the playoffs whereas this season their top priority is to rebuild the core of the team by playing the young players – making the playoffs is less important than getting the future core players experience and confidence.

    In keeping with the top priority for this season, the only reason Boqvist (or any of the other top prospects) should be sent to Rockford is if his development is suffering by playing at the NHL level. No other reason is applicable in this 2021 season – certainly not “he needs more ice time so send him to Rockford” because he can get more ice time playing for the Hawks simply by giving one or two veterans less ice time.

    I’d rather see Boqvist, Beaudin and Mitchell in the lineup every games and have the 4 veteran d-men rotate in and out of the lineup. If this 2021 season truly is about growing the kids – then grow them. I mean it’s not like the veterans are playing at such a high there would be a congressional inquiry as to why they didn’t play every game.

    But, that goes against the old tried and true way of thinking so many will just dismiss it out of hand – hopefully Stan and Colliton are open to new ways of doing things.

  • February 8, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Here’s a thought..right now, the Hawks have 9 defensemen that could conceivably be given NHL minutes right now..they’re listed below based on whether they’re LH or RH:


    Even with Beaudin and Zodorov able to play on their offside, there’s a logjam on the left side of the pairings..so here’s my thought..at the trade deadline, it probably will be too difficult to trade a defenseman(I didn’t just think of this lol, it’s been mentioned multiple times in posts by others). The teams looking to make a push for the Cup don’t have any cap space, or if they do, very little. So if I’m Stan, here’s what I look to do..take Janmark and Soderberg, who are both on expiring contracts and see if you can find a team willing to give up a 4th or 5th rounder for the pair as they load up for the playoffs..since they’re both on expiring contracts, there wouldn’t be much salary to absorb and they wouldn’t count against a team’s cap next year. Then, with that extra 4th or 5th rounder, go to Seattle and see if they’ll take that extra draft pick in exchange for drafting DeHaan..the Hawks don’t lose any of their own draft currency this year(an important detail since we could be drafting in the top 9-10 in each round) but we still move all of DeHaan’s salary, which frees up some cap space for us to re-sign your own RFA’s next year and opens up a spot on the left side for Kalynuk, who Stan seems high on. Thoughts? This strategy could also work with any combination of Janmark, Soderberg, and Carpenter(who has one more year left on his contract at only a $1 mil cap hit).

  • February 8, 2021 at 10:20 pm

    @ebonyraptor..agreed regarding Boqvist..but I’m high on Boqvist(maybe higher than most)..especially given that he’s a full hockey season younger then just about everyone selected in the first round of his draft year. Because of his age, he still has a tremendous ceiling. Plus, he has a skillset that no one on the Hawks blueline has, and that is the ability to play like a fourth forward once in the offensive zone..his shot and offensive instincts are near elite for a defenseman. As long as he’s healthy, play him. Why draw the line at him when every other youngster this year is getting significant opportunities to play. I only suggested Rockford if Jeremy isn’t going to play him..sitting him or healthy scratching him for long stretches doesn’t help him at all.

  • February 8, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Come on guys let’s return to reality here.Dehaan is not going to sit at all if he is healthy.Boqvist will not be given any extensive NHL ice time due to his lack of physicality and skating ability along with being manhandled by most forwards especially if Colliton stays consistent and punishes poor play in the defensive zone.I would hate to go with 7 D Men giving Boqvist powerplay and offensive zone minutes.He needs to get rid of the crazy leg skating stride and add a few pounds along with getting a lot harder on the puck.Beaudin and Mitchell should stay in the lineup.Kalynuk should also get a look soon.

  • February 8, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    While development of the young players is a critical priority, JC also has an obligation to the team to compete to win. It is up to the players to make the decisions easy as to who should play (see Lankinen, Kevin). You can’t rotate proven veterans to “give” slots to younger players. If someone isn’t performing then they should sit. With potential injuries and Covid issues I am comfortable there will be plenty of opportunities.

    I would not be so quick to move Janmark. He recently turned 28 and is a very well rounded player. If he can be signed to a reasonable deal that is worth a lot more than a 2nd round pick.

  • February 8, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    TimW – “Dehaan is not going to sit at all if he is healthy” – why not? Please explain your rationale for making that statement. Why do you think deHaan has to play more than Boqvist or one of the young d-men?

  • February 8, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Mitchell DOB = Jan/1999
    Beaudin DOB = Oct/1999
    Boqvist DOB = Aug/2000

    Boqvist is almost a year younger than Beaudin and more than a year younger than Mitchell. Boqvist doesn’t look as composed on the ice as Beaudin and Mitchell and consequently looks behind them in development – because he is behind them in development and age. If Boqvist is going to become the player we hope a top-10 pick will become – he has to learn how to play at the NHL level and he should be given every opportunity to do so – even if that means the veteran has to sit now and then and the team loses a couple more games than they would have if the veteran played.

    Set a course and stick with it until circumstances dictate otherwise. Play the kids as much as possible.

  • February 8, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Dehaan is a valuable trade deadline asset.You don’t devalue that asset by playing a kid who is physically not ready to be a full time NHL defenseman ahead of him.If Dehaan were under performing he would have had his ice time reduced.Boqvist receiving a beating on a nightly basis is not going to develop him any faster.The kid already has multiple concussion incidents.At this point he is competing with Beaudin,Mitchell,Carllson,and Kalynuk for a spot in the lineup until the Hawks move Dehaan and or Zadorov.Just my opinion.Guess we will see this next few weeks

  • February 9, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Slayer agree but how about Seabrook. Probably gonna need two draft picks so Seattle will take him if not a body. He’s closer to home and would be a great Captain for the Kraken.

  • February 9, 2021 at 1:15 am

    i don’t care where boqvist is playing, but he needs minutes. if that won’t be with the hawks, then rockford. unless they hit a wall beaudin and mitchell deserve to be in the lineup and get minutes. rotate the four veterans and play boqvist, beaudin, and mitchell every night, trade a veteran, or send boqvist to rockford.

    no way 7d and 11 f. hagel, highmore, suter, and kurashev deserve to play every night and johnson needs an opportunity. rotate shaw, soderberg, and janmark out of the lineup and give johnson a shot.

    it’s about the kids….not winning.

  • February 9, 2021 at 6:40 am

    @Tim W – Agree 100%

    DeHaan is not going to sit! Plus, he’s one of our 3 best defensemen right now. Something has to give on the back end because we need to start playing Kalynuk and
    Carlsson too. We don’t want to lose them. I think a huge trade needs to happen, a type of 3 for 1 or 4-2 deal. Here is a hypothetical…




  • February 9, 2021 at 8:05 am

    You don’t waste a high number one pick, you play him, then you play him some more, then again-if eventually it doesn’t work out then you know. Give the kid, and he is a kid, a chance.
    Speaking of little guys (D-Cat and Boqvist) Watched a bit of the Arizona game and their best player, not even close IMO, is Conor Garland-they say he is 5 10– 165 but there is noooo.. way he is that tall. A pest, very creative with the puck and highly competitive.
    He reminds me of a small beer league player who is too good for the players on the ice and drives you nuts. Then you drink a couple of beer and all is well.

  • February 9, 2021 at 8:21 am

    The 3 young D need to play and IMO they need to play at NHL level at least until one of them starts to lag behind the others

    Right now they all bring slightly different things to the Hawks and are more or less in a similar place in their development

    Beaudin seems the most defensively composed and makes a pretty good first pass out of the zone and also plays PP2 – Keith could take that over but I’d stick with Beaudin there

    Boquist has the best offensive instincts, QBs PP1, and makes the best (of the 3) first pass out of the zone – he gets in some physical trouble in his own zone but IMO is making good progress in dealing with that

    Mitchell skates well, has good offensive instincts as well but IMO doesn’t make a great first pass (not yet anyway) – his D zone work is on a par with Boquist IMO

    Let them have a competition – play 7 D sit Highmore – gets more TOI for Kane and others hopefully Kurashev, Kubalik, Suter and if it’s obvious one of the young D is not keeping up then send them to the Rock

    Kalynuk can play more games at the Rock for now but is an intriguing prospect if he continues to show well in the A

    Carlsson is waiver exempt – he goes to the Rock and may be eventually be included in a trade – he seems to be the 5th D man of these 5 at the moment – maybe that changes but that’s where he is at present

    You don’t sit the veterans unless they’re not playing well (and they are playing well enough) – players and coaches are still trying to win and you’d lose the room by sitting a DeHaan say just to get Boquist in the line up

  • February 9, 2021 at 9:57 am

    DK played 2 full seasons at Norfolk. Hjalmarsson played large parts of 2 seasons at Norfolk. Those guys seemed to work out well. Lots of guys learn the game in the A and are the better for it.

    Yet (for I have no idea why) sticking Boqvist in the A gets panned as a bad idea. Maybe some fans believe that first-round picks either go straight to the big club or are deemed a failure. Wrong. Lots of guys learn the game in the A and the only failure is in not choosing the right development path for your prospects.

  • February 9, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Jordy – with respect I can’t think of a player whose development the Hawks have compromised by playing him too much at the NHL level or by not sending him to the A

    Can you?

    I think they know what they’re doing in that regard

  • February 9, 2021 at 10:31 am

    TimW – I don’t care if it’s deHaan that sits out so Boqvist plays of if it’s Murphy or Zadorov or even Keith – or use a rotation so all 7 d-men play 6 out of every 7 games – or find a creative way to get “starter minutes” for the 3 main d-prospects 27/51/74.

    TommyIvan, “DeHaan is not going to sit! Plus, he’s one of our 3 best defensemen right now.” How is deHaan being one of our 3 best d-men right now relevant in this 2021 “play the kids” rebuild season? It isn’t. Your operating under the normal mindset that “winning now” is the paramount objective. It isn’t. Developing the young players so we can win tomorrow is the mission, even if that’s at the cost of losing now.

    Jordy, I don’t think playing prospects in lower leagues is a bad thing and probably more times than not is a good thing. But eventually each prospect must learn how to play at the NHL level and even if games played in Rockford shortens the growth period of NHL games needed for the young d-man to hit his stride in the NHL – it’s not a one for one swap. In other words – if Boqvist takes 3 seasons to learn how to be an effective d-man – it’s not 1 year in Rockford + 2 years in Chicago because 1 year in Rockford isn’t equal to 1 year in Chicago – it’s less because the AHL competition is less. Part of the formula for this rebuild is to accelerate the process as much as possible with the timeline to be competing for the Cup as soon as possible. Playing the young players in the NHL accelerates the process – with the only caveat being a player overwhelmed where his development is being hurt by playing in the NHL too soon. Boqvist doesn’t look overwhelmed to me – he looks like he’s trying to figure out how to be effective when he is often overmatched physically. He reminds me of Teuvo at the same stage where people thought he was playing scared and wasn’t ready for the NHL. He turned out OK – just took a little longer than some people were willing to allow him.

  • February 9, 2021 at 10:31 am

    @Wrap: look at the guys who spent time in the A and with that under their belts became really good players. It’s not just DK and Hjammer, Danault spent 2+ years down there. So did Wizniewski. Even Teuvo did well after time in Rockford. I just don’t see what the rush is on Boqvist and I think he would better off in Rockford with a clear development plan like there was for Danault. JMHO.

  • February 9, 2021 at 10:41 am

    Jordy, you’re making the assumption that time spent in the AHL was in and of itself a necessary ingredient to becoming a good player, which is to imply they wouldn’t have turned out as good had their time in the AHL been spent in the NHL instead. That’s a bit of a leap in logic and while it may have played out that way for some players it certainly isn’t true for every player. It’s one of those things that’s individualistic so one rule doesn’t fit all. Plus the team situation plays a major role – is the team in a situation where developing the player is more important than winning games is only one situation that would influence the team’s decision to have the player in the AHL or up at the NHL level.

  • February 9, 2021 at 10:53 am

    February 8, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    Those and others are good ideas/plans. I want us to add stud propects and picks from trades we make. What ever the deal/terms are just add that kind of stuff.

    Not saying it is real just tahts its not a thing/to me that we need any cap space. In a couple/few yrs were going to have a full reset with every high caphit on the 23man resetting/leaving/retire like 2 7. We wont need any 6m caphits like 12 until then anyways for 77 and 21 draft top 3 gem or 21 top 5 skill draft player.

    I think were fine for cap space.

    Now for taking advantage of the expansion team like VEG did yes yes.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Playing in competitive games with good structure alongside capable vets is the best environment for quality development. Playing the maximum number of rookies/young players just to get them more minutes will not “accelerate” their growth IMO.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Slayer, I am high on BoQ to because he does have that skill that most D guys donot. Having that when were deep roster will win us games other teams wouldnt. Its worth having its a secret weapon. When we have 4 lines of good FW that can rover in zone when a D guy like that does maneuvers.

    MS, I like keeping Jannmark to/or tradeline deal and resign as ufa. Were going to be good next yr/or yr after at latest. Its the yrs after that where were going to be bringing it like COL is now and last yr. So Jannmark is still just 30 then. I like keeping Murf and Jann until we donot need them.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Also showing he was fine healthy strong for playoffs games/2 rounds and this nice short 55 games season has him more fresh then normal/as all players and healthy.

    Looks to be a nice top 4 D guy like Maatta Kempny Ruutta. Who ever trades for Hann I am putting 5k on them winning.

    TIM W.
    February 8, 2021 at 11:57 pm
    Dehaan is a valuable trade deadline asset.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:34 am

    All this Boqvist/Rockford debate … I think I’ve dug my heels in too deep on this. It’s not that I’ve changed my mind on the things I’ve posted but I have to be aware of defending my position at the cost of losing sight of the bigger picture which is what’s best for the team to get to where we want the team to go.

    I’m just another opinionated shlub on the internet with no real skin in the game. I think my opinions are correct – but doesn’t everyone think that? Of course – if we thought our opinion wasn’t correct we would form a different opinion that we would think is correct.

    Putting my opinion aside – I trust Stan/Colliton to make the right call. They’re the ones with skin in the game and they will do what they think is best for the team. Whether or not that results in Boqvist being sent down to Rockford is not the main issue – the main issue is to stay the course on this rebuild to return to Cup contention as soon as possible. I’m hopeful the early season success won’t deter them in that mission.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:37 am

    I like the comparison to Teravainen he was a full yr young then his draft class to.

  • February 9, 2021 at 11:40 am

    Chicken dinner.

    February 9, 2021 at 11:14 am
    Playing in competitive games with good structure alongside capable vets is the best environment for quality development. Playing the maximum number of rookies/young players just to get them more minutes will not “accelerate” their growth IMO.

  • February 9, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    JC just confirmed that Boquist had Covid and just started skating again. It sounds like it will be need some time to get back in shape.

  • February 9, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Colliton on Boqvist: “He needs to skate. He did have COVID, so it’s going to take a little bit of time… He has skated a couple days, but we’ll see, I’m not sure how long it’ll take to get him up to speed.”

    Colliton on who he’ll scratch on D once Boqvist returns: “I’ve thought about it but…things have a way of working out. Whether you have guys available or not, performance dictates a lot of things. Our goal is still to continue to give young players opportunity.”

  • February 9, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Boqvist’s defensive play leaves a lot to be desired. I have said all along he would benefit from time innthe AHL where the Hawks can work on his technique, positioning and strength.

  • February 9, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    I challenge any poster here to name a player that the Hawks have rushed into the NHL and by doing so prevented them from reaching their potential as a pro

    I can’t think of one

    In other words I trust the Hawks to do the right thing with any of the young D’s development

    Just because some players spent 2 years in the A doesn’t mean Boquist should – he did spend 1/2 a season there though – in fact I think Mitchell more than Boquist could benefit from time in the Rock but again I’ll trust the Hawks to know what’s best for Mitchell

    If Boquist (or Mitchell or Beaudin) gets sent down I won’t have a problem with it because I trust the Hawks to know what they’re doing – they have intimate knowledge of their skill set and confidence levels until I see evidence that they don’t know what they’re doing regarding whether to have a player in the A or not I’ll continue to trust them

    They IMO have a good track record – even if there were one player who they’d rushed and ruined I’d be concerned but I’m not unless someone can point to such a player

    I know some of you will disagree but I don’t see Stan keeping Boquist in the NHL just to satisfy his own ego – again I don’t see any evidence that he’s done that in the past

  • February 9, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Didn’t get to see Sundays game glad to hear it was solid performance, hope for the same tonight, not sure if i’ll see it or not.

    Just want to say on Boqvist, he was qbing the no. 1 pp in league before getting sick, hope he returns to full health. Also his possession nos were showing good progression. Yes the kid obviously needs to grow and strengthen against bigger stronger players. When carrying the puck or jumping up into the play on offense his skating is very good, no he won’t win the fastest man competition and was never advertised as such, he needs some work on power skating aspects, first step more explosivenes, defending, which is something coaching and strengthening as he grows will improve, not something a month or 2 in Rfd fixes.

    Ideally the future of the defense will be built around your skill guys which are Boqvist, Mitchell and Beaudin plus possibly another high pick. The right way to develop them is no.1 right now and as others mentioned trusting the process is what we need to do. Carlsson and Kalynuk will be fine defensemen someday, but they are well along in development likely support pieces, not key pueces to build around. Murphy and to lessor extent maybe Zadorov, with others in the system as support pieces too.

  • February 9, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Send him to Rockford, he is as soft as Wonder Bread…. everytime I see a Snuggles commercial, I see Boquist in a basket of towels.

  • February 9, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    This is a tricky year with the amount of games, possible key injuries etc. I think 2 goals are now possible-not sure I believed that a month ago.
    Develop the young core that might be a part of the future and maybe slide into the playoffs. That certainly isn’t a given but not out of the realm of possibility. If you make the playoffs and get a mid first round pick, so be it.
    But this isn’t the time to do what is needed to make the playoffs-it’s not the Calvan DHs of the world that will lead this team.
    They aren’t a top tier team (yet) and band-aiding something together to get in and maybe win a round shouldn’t be the goal.

    What I can’t say based on their effort and enthusiasm level of late (and a possible good goalie effort) is that they couldn’t win a round-quite remote because they would be up against a very good team in round one. All is good, the passion seems to be back but let’s not think this is a team that is capable of doing lots of damage

    They have surprised, some nice things are developing but the number one goal is to continue to improve and see what you have. and next year you have Dach, (maybe 19), a year of key development for some kids and another good draft pick or two in the system.
    Same goal but perhaps some acceleration of that goal based on something many of us didn’t expect.

    They finally seem to have a sense of a system, and most of the players buying into that direction. That is terrific news.

  • February 9, 2021 at 3:21 pm

    Ian – If we extended Janmark would he then need to be protected in the expansion draft? If that is the case then I was wrong before and we would be better off trading him and then trying to re-sign after the season.

  • February 9, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Time in the AHL seems way overrated, especially in the Hawks system. The various Euro leagues, NCAA and on the big club have all shown positives for development depending upon the player. In my opinion, the best place for Boqvist is on the big-club. Look at the progress so many young players are making going back to last year, Dach Kubalik, ADB and now this year.

  • February 9, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Some players coming out of Juniors or NCAA, euro leagues can play in the NHL, some can’t and should be learning in the AHL, heck even Keith, Seabrook and Hammer spent time in the AHL….no shame in learning how to battle in the corners and defend the crease in Rockford. It will do Boquist a world of good to do that.

  • February 9, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Wrap, cant remember who/wasnt Jordy though someone here did say that and was blaming the organization big time/not just saying think its better for development. I mean really saying we ruin most prospects. Maybe they were talking about Buckaroo? not sure who ended up ruined/or held back for summer school 2 yrs in a row.

    It msu have been 1 or 2/2.5 yrs ago when we wernt good.

  • February 9, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    This is exactly why I wanted the 9th pick last yr we ewernt ready yet. Sure we beat EDM and played ok VEG thats all thats happening and this yr theres no corona tournament extra/5th round to win a round. Its right to the top teams first round like it usually is in the hardest division/central.

    February 9, 2021 at 1:32 pm
    They aren’t a top tier team (yet) and band-aiding something together to get in and maybe win a round shouldn’t be the goal.

  • February 9, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    1/4 qtr way in and every division has three teams way ahead of everyone else then everyone else is close except the central there are four teams ahead and everyone else. With the scum/DET and OTT being the exception to the NHL.

    So going 5-1-4 will get us back/there though we have to not have any 0-3 to make up for that and stay there which I think were going to have 0-3 every once in awhile like Miro said and well play good go on runs 5-1-4 but still be in good spot for draft.

  • February 9, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Obviously the Blackhawks are wanting to tap into Boqvists elite offensive skills which they believe he can do at Nhl level. Being patient with his development of his defensive while he grows is obviously what they are choosing to do. For that to happen, he needs to play with elite offensive personnel at Nhl level, Rfd doesn’t offer many options in that area. He may end up down there if his confidence requires it but that is something for the coaching staff to determine.

    MS as a ufa Janmark is not eligible for expansion draft, if they resign him before the draft he would need protected but sign him after the expansion draft he wouldn’t need protected, just run the risk of him signing elsewhere as a ufa then.

  • February 9, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Lucky you Hawks will loose tonight 4-2 ….that will help you get a better pick
    and make you happy to see the kids loose .
    The Hawks are overdue to loose a game But it will not be long before they get another win .
    Go Hawks Go

  • February 9, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Who knows though with the next 8 games/sch I can see an easy 4-4.

  • February 9, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Nothing to be ashamed of we just went 2-0-1 agasint two top 10 teams that were like 7-1 and 5-1 in the first three games that usually means auto lose/your right.

    Next 8 games could be 4-4.

    The kids lose more now the more we/the kids wins in the yrs to come because we ll have more good players with them from draft.

    Thats the way got to have the horses. Very glad to see a system thats on the same page and working.

  • February 9, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Beer League – you think Boqvist needs to learn how to battle in the corners among other things he needs to get better at and think the best place for him to do that is in Rockford – why? Rockford is not some magical place where players can learn faster than in the NHL. Why couldn’t Boqvist learn those things while playing for the Hawks? And don’t say because he’ll get more ice time in Rockford because that doesn’t have to be true if Hawks management want to give him more ice time in Chicago. The old rule of thumb thinking doesn’t have to apply in this different 2021 season.

    Again, to restate, I’m all for sending Boqvist to Rockford if Stan/Colliton determine his development is being hurt because the NHL competition is too much for him right now – because baby steps in Rockford would be better than steps back in Chicago – but if he can improve in Chicago there’s no point in sending him to Rockford only to resume his NHL growth curve at a later date.

  • February 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    The AHL is a developmental league for the NHL The only reason Boqvist and Dach jumped to the NHL so quick was so Bowman could try and save face one of the biggest reasons they drafted Dach 3rd was because he was viewed as most NHL ready not the highest ceiling not to say it won’t work out for both of them but teenagers should develop in a developmental league!!! then be brought up when they can actually help the big team. If Boqvist doesn’t learn to protect himself he’ll be out of the league in a couple yrs anyway

  • February 9, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    Ebony raptor, so you think Rockford is useless in the development of their prospects ? And you think playing in that NHL where he can make countless mistakes, cost games and you would be ok with that….and you wouldn’t come on this blog to complain about poor play and or a player does not deserve to be in the NHL….is that correct ?
    Welcome to the Blackhawks….the new Farm team where you learn how to play.
    Thanks for the clarification.

  • February 9, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Beer League – no, I never said Rockford is useless and in fact I said that under normal circumstances or in the case where a young player is overwhelmed by the NHL – then sending a player down is the right thing to do. But – if the only reason to send a player down is to get training and be able to play more minutes – then there’s not point in sending him down if he can get the same (or better) training and the same amount of minutes while playing in Chicago.

  • February 9, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    You could get more min in AHL because you can play the max against all other teams lines. In NHL you prob shouldnt be playing agasint some line so that has you at the 15-20 min instead of 25-30 min. I have no idea whats ideal for development compared to min for the team/group to win.

    Wouls guess that if under 12 min then yea if 15-20 min then good enough. Harder competition NHL hold your own and then do a Teravainen once your body alows you to and youve learned.

    I am not which ever way what team/coaches think better.

  • February 9, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    AHL is for developing players NHL is about winning games and that shouldn’t change it really only weakens the NHL

  • February 9, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    OK Bob, then that’s all there is to it. We shall not consider circumstances. The way it’s always been done is the way it must be. Got it.

  • February 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Raptor what circumstances are you talking about do you really think Boqvist is ready for the NHL. The kid is not ready to play against men he has skills but he’s a wuss a big part of the problem is not teaching the kids in travel hockey to hit and take a hit until bantams I’m sure you’ll spend a hr looking this up But how many players in the NHL never played in a professional developmental league

  • February 9, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Hawks are not winning the cup this year or anytime soon.
    Great time to develop the young players this year in the NHL.
    No turning back now Boqvist should definitely be playing in the NHL.
    Boqvist will never be a physical player and he should not try to be.

  • February 9, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Bob, the circumstance is that this season is not about winning – it’s about playing young players to (1) find out which young players have a chance to be part of the rebuild, and then (2) getting those young players as much NHL experience as possible.

    Is Boqvist ready to be an NHL d-man? I don’t know – let’s find out, which is the top priority for this season – finding out if he and the other young players can be NHL players. He doesn’t look overwhelmed to me. It looks like he’s doing well at times and trying to figure it out at other times. He’s the youngest d-prospect the Hawks have and he needs to play at the NHL level to learn how to play NHL hockey.

  • February 9, 2021 at 9:21 pm

    Wussy aren’t physical players but confidence is huge let him be a stud in the AHL then next year he mite be a good player in the NHL

  • February 9, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Coach’s ruined more player in all sports by playing them up before there ready They all have talent or they wouldn’t have gotten to this point in there careers it’s all about there physical and mental make up Playing a player up to soon can do more harm then good hopefully I’m wrong We’ll see

  • February 9, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Bob, did you think Teuvo was a wuss and should have been sent down to Rockford when he shied away from contact when he started in the NHL? If you did – then you were wrong about Teuvo not being ready for the NHL weren’t you … and if you didn’t think that about Teuvo – why not because Boqvist is basically playing the same way.

  • February 10, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Raptor, For one no two players are the same not being a physical player and a player that is afraid to take a hit are to different things, Boqvist being afraid to take a hit is putting him in position to get hurt. When player like Boqvist put up big numbers there whole careers in youth hockey a lot of coaches over look different parts of their game he was never taught how to give or take a hit so he doesn’t know how to protect himself in those situations,where it look to me Teravainen was prolly at least taught to take a hit this is the reason he doesn’t get hurt that often.Teravainen at least spent some time in the AHL and it shows. for most players the AHL is where they learn to be NHL players. instead of worrying about line combinations and how many minutes each player plays go watch a youth hockey practice you mite learn something

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