The Chicago Blackhawks chose Swedish defenseman Adam Boqvist with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Boqvist, a right-shot defender, was ranked second among European Skaters by NHL Central Scouting. Here are three more things to know about him.
1. FLATTERING COMPARISONS
Boqvist is a highly regarded prospect who draws comparisons to Ottawa Senators Erik Karlsson. The Sens captain and two-time Norris Trophy winning defenseman also happens to be one of Boqvist's favorite players.
The 17-year-old defenseman has similar measurables to Karlsson, standing at 5'11'' and 168 pounds. Karlsson was 5'11'' and 165 pounds in his draft year.
Their style of play is also similar, with Boqvist being a high-tempo, offensive player from the back end.
"Boqvist is a finesse defenseman who is very skilled, possesses excellent vision and tons of talent," said European Scouting Services Goran Stubb. "He is fun to watch and full of surprises on the ice."
2. THE WINNING TOUCH
Boqvist scored the gold medal-winning goal for Team Sweden in the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Boqvist had four goals in six games during that tournament.
The Swede was also on his country's bronze medal squad at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
3. FAMILY TIES
Boqvist isn't the only talented member of his family. His older brother Jesper is a forward who was taken 36th overall by the New Jersey Devils in 2017.
His father Patrik has been in coaching for the last several years, coming off his second season as an assistant with Dalarna in the TV-Pucken league.
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