Team: Adam Boqvist
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Fantasy Summary

A tremendously gifted offensive defender, who blends speed, skill, and smarts. Owns a big shot. Will be a fixture on an NHL top power play for years to come.


Observations

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August 2021 – Boqvist was traded to Columbus in the deal that saw star defenseman Seth Jones dealt to the Blackhawks. He should have a chance at a prominent role with the Blue Jackets beginning in the 2021-22 season. Nick Richard

October 2020 – Boqvist saw action in eight playin/playoff games with the Blackhawks this past season. While he was held pointless, just getting a taste should help his game long-term. He is still the Blackhawks powerplay quarterback of the future. Tony Carr

 

March 2020 – Boqvist oozes potential but did not quite look ready for the day to day grind of the NHL, until he came on in the later half of the season. His offensive game is fantastic as he ran Chicago’s powerplay enough to have the Blackhawks trade Gustafsson, but he does have work to do in his own end, and his durability is in question.  There is more than enough talent there, and while the injuries are concerning, his heart is not in question. He will be a star in this league, and will likely be one sooner than later. Tony Carr/Pat Quinn

 

November 2019 – After playing one season with (arguably) the best CHL franchise in recent memory, turning pro, Boqvist scored his first professional goal on October 30th. Boqvist has all the offensive tools to be an elite, point producing defenseman in this league for a long time. He still needs to adjust to the pace of the game at this level on the defensive side of the puck but he has not looked out of place so far. Pairing up with a sturdy, defensive minded partner would really benefit him at this point. Tony Carr

 

February 2019 – Boqvist has not only adjusted to hockey in North America he is now dominating it. After a slow start (by his standards) he has been nothing short of spectacular, being held pointless in only five of 21 games since returning from the WJC in January. With the London Knights sitting in first place in the OHL’s Western Conference, it is a safe bet that Boqvist will see some playoff hockey, adding another element to his development. Tony Carr

 

December 2018 – to the surprise of absolutely no one, Boqvist has been named to Sweden’s preliminary roster for the upcoming world junior hockey championships. The eighth-overall pick of the 2018 entry draft has been nothing short of spectacular playing in his first season in North America for the London Knights. His numbers are good as he is averaging better than a point-per-game for the season, but he has been dominant the past three weeks, scoring eight times in a seven game span. Expectations will high. Tony Carr

 

June 2018 – After something of a difficult season, Boqvist (almost) culminated his campaign on a high note. The dynamic defender displayed the entirety of his arsenal for Sweden at the U18 World Championships. He was a force on the backend for the Swedes, leading the attack, transitioning the puck and playing smart and forceful defense. He finished the tournament with three goals and six points in five games and one period. Unfortunately, a nasty collision and subsequent concussion forced him from the first period against Finland in the semi-finals and kept him out the remainder of the tournament. This is the second concussion of the season for Boqvist. Of the “consensus” top 10 players in this crop, the 17-year-old may possess the most risk. He’s an undersized defender who has struggled at times playing against stronger competition. However, his upside remains exceedingly high. You cannot teach his level of offensive intelligence, edgework, and cannon of a shot. His August birthday only fuels the potential as he’s so young for this crop. Cam Robinson

 

January 2018 – Dynamic puck skills, terrific vision, speed, smarts, and a heavy shot. His late birthday means he is just a month away from being eligible for the 2019 class further illustrating how massive his potential is. If we’re nitpicking, we’d like to see him hit the net more but his ability to get shots off is very impressive. He’s been far too good for the J20 circuit yet sees too few minutes in the SHL. The Allsvenskan sounds like a good middle ground and that’s where he is now. His omission from the WJC does nothing to push him down draft boards and he’ll play a prominent role next year for the Swedes. Cam Robinson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth August 15, 2000
Height 5‘11”
Weight 165 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 8

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Hedemora SK U16U16 Region17 0 11 2|        
 2014-2015 DalarnaTV-Pucken6 2 35 2|        
  Hedemora SK U16U16 Region26 15 2843 4|        
  Hedemora SK U16U16 SM3 1 01 0|        
  Hedemora SK J18J18 Div.12 0 00 2|        
  Hedemora SKDivision 22 0 00 0|        
 2015-2016 Dalarna