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."
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.