DALLAS, Texas - In the mind of Adam Boqvist, the way to play on the blue line is changing.
"The new style is to play more offensive, and you don't need to be big," said 17-year-old Swedish defenceman. "So I think there is a new defenceman coming."
At six-feet tall, Boqvist isn't short, but at 165 pounds, the mobile blue liner knew he had to be mobile to be effective.
And effective, he is.
He had 24 points in 25 games with Brynnas of the SuperElit league in Sweden, and averaged a point-per-game in nine outings at the World Under-18 Championship, helping Sweden to a bronze medal.
For his efforts, he was named the tournament's best defenceman.
But even though he's ranked second among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting, Boqvist knows there is a lot of competition in this year's NHL Draft.