Blackhawks pick Boqvist at #8

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Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, center left, speaks as right wing Patrick Kane listens at the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

by Scott King

The Blackhawks selected defenseman Adam Boqvist at number eight in the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas. It was the first time the Hawks had a top ten pick since they nabbed Patrick Kane at number one overall in 2007.

The 5’11, 168 lb Falun, Sweden native is likely a few years away from NHL ice at age 17.

“I think I need to improve my defensive play and need to be bigger and stronger,” Boqvist said. “Of course, my hockey stick can be better, too, so all those other things.”

Boqvist played in the SuperElit and SHL last year in Sweden and has a right-handed shot.

It was the second straight year the Hawks picked a defenseman in the first round. Last year at the 2017 NHL Draft in Chicago, they took Finnish defenseman Henri Jokiharju (29th overall).

The Blackhawks had a second pick in the first round at number 27. They chose another defenseman in Nicolas Beaudin. At 5’11, 172 lbs, Beaudin tallied 69 points in 68 games with Drummondville of the QMJHL last year with a +/- rating of +27.

Beaudin is a left-handed shot and 18 years old.

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