Adam Boqvist Picked Up First Goal Of Season On Tuesday, Will The Offense Now Follow The Offensive-Defenseman?

By Will Chase on February 21, 2024 at 10:15 am
Columbus Blue Jackets' Adam Boqvist skates with the puck against the LA Kings' Drew Doughty in the third period at Arena.
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Adam Boqvist is off the schneid.

At the 4:41 mark of period two between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Los Angeles Kings, the 23-year-old defenseman scored his first goal of the season.

The goal at that juncture was huge as it cut the Blue Jackets' deficit to one goal and made it 2-1. LA went on to win 5-1 as Bovqist ended up providing the only offense for the night.

Boqvist has eight points this season (one goal, seven assists). Tuesday night's goal is his first since Mar. 21, 2023, when he scored twice in a wild 7-6 overtime win at the Washington Capitals.

Boqvist signed a three-year extension during the 2022 summer carrying a cap hit of $2.6 million.

Billed as an offensive-defenseman, we've seen the scoring prowess at times throughout his Blue Jackets tenure dating back to 2021-22.

It's already been three seasons in Columbus and five years total in the NHL, and as he's still very young, he's still trying to carve out his spot for the Blue Jackets and in the league.

Part of the problem has been health, as he's never really come close to playing a full season. He's also been healthy scratched throughout this season and has played in 24 of the team's 54 games.

Boqvist's high water mark is 52 games in 2021-22 when he set a career-high with 11 goals. In only 46 games last season, he set his best point total with 24. He had a broken foot last season and a should strain earlier this year.

The bad luck continued when he was injured on the bench when an errant puck hit him in the mouth in Calgary in January. Friendly fire was all it was as Cole Sillinger flipped the puck into the bench and caught his teammate.

Boqvist lost three teeth and missed the next three games.

Bean - Werenski at 5v5 (per
Time On Ice Per Game  Corsi For Per 60 GF/60 GA/60 High Danger Goals Against Per 60
201:48 69.87 3.87 1.49 1.19

Jeff Svoboda of chatted with Boqvist recently and pointed out how the Blue Jackets have a positive percentage in shot attempts since Jan. 1 (52.02 through Feb. 20, 2024, Natural Stat Trick) when the defenseman is on the ice.

"When you play against top lines, it gives you confidence to handle those guys," Boqvist said. "Obviously they’re going to make plays because they're so good, but I just want to be the best Adam I can be every day and compete every game, every shift. I'm sure the coaches have seen that I'm putting in the work. I'm just going to take steps every game here and see where it can take me."

With a new general manager on the horizon for the Blue Jackets and a prospect-heavy pipeline, including defensive players like David Jiricek and Denton Mateychuk to be on the Blue Jackets soon, the future is a bit blurred in terms of who might still be on the team next season and beyond.

That's why it's so pivotal for players like Boqvist to prove their worth right now.

Boqvist and the Blue Jackets look to cap off a winning road trip tonight when they take on the Anaheim Ducks from Honda Center.

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