Chicago Blackhawks defenseman prospect Adam Boqvist was ranked the No. 29 NHL prospect out of 50 by NHL Network on Friday. To be eligible for the list players must be age 25 and under and have played less than 25 NHL games.
Chicago selected Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in this year’s draft. The Swedish blueliner, who turned 18 on Aug. 15, averaged almost a point per game last season with 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 25 games for Brynäs’ junior league team. He also had one assist in 15 SHL games.
Here’s what the NHL Network experts said about Boqvist:
The Hawks and Boqvist agreed to a three-year entry-level contract in July. The right-hander is expected to contend for a NHL roster spot for the 2019-20 season.
The Buffalo Sabres’ Rasmus Dahlin, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, was the top rated prospect on the list. Winger Andrei Svechnikov (Carolina Hurricanes), center Elias Pettersson (Vancouver Canucks), defenseman Miro Heiskanen (Dallas Stars and center Casey Mittelstadt (Buffalo) rounded out the top five.
In addition to Boqvist, the Central Division had eight players make the list. Colorado (No. 8 Cale Makar, No. 43 Conor Timmins), St. Louis (No. 13 Robert Thomas, No. 26 Jordan Kyrou) and Winnipeg (No. 18 Kristian Vesalainen, No. 47 Sami Niku) each had two players. Nashville’s Eeli Tolvanen at No. 7 and Minnesota’s Kirill Kaprizov at No. 10 also made the list.