The Blackhawks have been plagued by injuries since before the 2020-21 season even began and the bad luck continued on Tuesday.
Adam Boqvist, who left the game in the second period after taking a hit from Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak, sustained a broken right wrist and is done for the rest of the season.
"I don’t know what the timeline is, but he has a broken wrist," head coach Jeremy Colliton confirmed following a 7-4 loss. "Certainly, he’s not coming back for this year."
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It's an unfortunate blow for Boqvist, who has been sidelined on numerous occasions this season. He missed nearly one month towards the beginning of the season because he tested positive for COVID-19 and was also out for more than a week earlier this month while in the NHL's concussion protocol.
Now, a broken wrist has ended his season early. He finished the campaign with 15 points (two goals, 13 assists) in 35 games while averaging 16:59 of ice time.
"It’s been unfortunate that his momentum has been stopped a few times by having him miss time when he’s been rolling and playing well," Colliton said. "But that’s part of his development as well into a pro, finding a way to be a bit more durable and play more games. He’s improved away from the puck, his confidence on the puck, and I like the direction he’s headed. Just unfortunate he’s going to miss some games here."
Kirby Dach suffered a similar injury in December and was put on a four-to-five-month timetable. Boqvist is likely to be on a similar timeline, but it's not ideal that he'll spend a large portion of his offseason rehabbing.