– Marco D’Amico (@mndamico) June 10, 2023
With what we’ve seen from the center forward this season, we can already believe that Hughes has made a good move.
There are candidates like Dach all over the NHL. They’re not necessarily all easy to target, but let’s just say that the latest developments in Columbus are helping this search. Let me explain.
In the past week, the Blue Jackets have added two top-4 defensemen in Ivan Provorov and Damon Severson. David Jiricek’s emergence in the AHL may give some people reason to believe that he’s ready to eat up big minutes in the National Hockey League, and the Jackets are also counting on Zach Werenski, giving them four good defensemen for the next few years.
Jiricek’s emergence combined with the team’s recent acquisitions means Boqvist will have more limited playing time, limiting his development…
And this prompted Marco D’Amico (Montreal Hockey Now) to wonder if Boqvist could become the next Kirby Dach 2.0 in Montreal, an idea I particularly like.
He’s young and has only played 15 games in the American Hockey League since the start of his career, which is an indication of his great talent.
I mentioned this earlier, but Boqvist is seen as an offensive defenseman. He’s got a good first pass, he’s a power-play specialist because he’s got great attacking skills (his hands are magic and his vision of the game is elite). But above all…
The Habs boast a fine succession of defensemen in Guhle, Harris, Xhekaj, Hutson, Mailloux and Barron. But, apart from these last two, the CH does not have many right-handed defence prospects, and it’s this point that’s particularly interesting.
Adam Boqvist will probably never have the chance to shine in Columbus behind the top-4, which seems to be well stocked. In any case, the recent transactions and the hiring of Mike Babcock (which is not official at the moment, let’s not forget) seem to have put the rebuilding process behind us.
Circumstances are not conducive to Boqvist’s development. It’s a shame, because he scored 24 points in 46 games last year with the Blue Jackets, a very interesting performance for a young defenseman his age.
The scenario makes sense to me. The Habs would be sure to have two good young right-handed defensemen (Barron and Boqvist) while waiting for Logan Mailloux to make the jump to the NHL… And they could give the Swede plenty of playing time to develop.
Boqvist earns $2.6 million per season until the end of the 2024-2025 season. So his contract wouldn’t stand in the way of Kent Hughes…
Adam Boqvist, an interesting bet for the #CH? Columbus might be tempted to trade him with the additions of Provorov and Severson.
A 6-foot, 22-year-old right-hander who excels offensively.
The perfect partner for Guhle? I’d be willing to pay top dollar.pic.twitter.com/KkqHUWtDOW
– Jérémie Camirand (@jecamirand) June 11, 2023
– A real one.
Brandon Montour, who skipped practice Monday: “I’m OK to go.”
– luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) June 13, 2023
– It’s all for the best.
Alex Pietrangelo’s split from St. Louis was emotional and bitter.
But the Blues’ longtime anchor jettisoned to Vegas, where he’s on the cusp of another Stanley Cup.
– The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) June 13, 2023
– Good point.
We’re talking here: Isn’t there a moratorium on announcements during the Stanley Cup Finals? Announcing the sale of the Sens and the new Rangers coach today, that’s got to make Gary a little angry…
– Frédéric Daigle (@FredDaigle) June 13, 2023
– Golden Knights, Stanley Cup champions tonight?
“It’s one win away from a lot of dreams for a lot of guys.”
Tonight the Golden Knights play for the Stanley Cup.
– Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) June 13, 2023
– The Coyotes have the tools to maneuver.