Adam Boqvist is back under contract.
The club announced they signed the 21-year-old defenseman to a three-year contract extension that carries an annual cap hit of $2.6M, according to the team's release.
NEWS: #CBJ announce they have signed D Adam Boqvist to a three-year extension with a $2.6M cap hit.— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) July 6, 2022
He will be a restricted free agent (RFA) when this contract expires after the 2024-25 season. His base salary in the 2024-25 season is $3.2M which is the amount of money his qualifying offer will be. Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reported the salary details.
Boqvist is actually only 21 years old, not 23.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 6, 2022
"Adam is a talented, mobile defenseman with the ability and creativity to provide offense from the blueline,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “Despite some injuries, he had a very good first season with our club at the age of 21 and as he gets bigger and stronger, we believe he has the potential to be a very impactful player in this league.”
The Chicago Blackhawks selected Boqvist eighth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. In 76 regular-season games with Chicago, he scored six goals and 29 points. He also played in eight playoff games but did not register a point.
Last summer, the Blue Jackets acquired Boqvist as a part of a blockbuster trade that sent Seth Jones to Chicago.
Right place and right time for Adam Boqvist. pic.twitter.com/Abt9RBP04F— NHL (@NHL) November 16, 2021
In 2021-22, his first season with Columbus Boqvist set career-highs in games played with 52, goals with 11, and points 22.