Blackhawks' Marian Hossa 'could miss some time' with injury


Blackhawks' Marian Hossa 'could miss some time' with injury

Marian Hossa left Saturday's game late in the second period after suffering an apparent leg injury from a hip-check by Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm that sent the Blackhawks winger into the boards.

But it appeared that the injury occurred on the hit, not the collision with the half-board.

Hossa left the ice putting little pressure on his left leg and was helped off by trainers. He did not return to the game.

[MORE: Blackhawks lose Marian Hossa in OT loss to Ducks]

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville described it as a lower-body injury and said after the game that they'll know more about the severity of it on Sunday, but he sounded optimistic: "We don't think it's serious, but (he) could miss some time."

That means the Blackhawks, who struggled to generate scoring when Artemi Panarin missed the last two games with an illness, will be without one of their top players again and they'll have to overcome another injury obstacle this season.

"That's never a fun thing," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said following a 3-2 overtime loss. "I think the initial thought is to worry how serious it really is. As far as I know right now, not too sure but I think we're hopeful. We've done it before. We're going to have to find ways to play without one of our top guys again.

"We all know what he means to our team offensively and defensively all over the rink. It's never easy but we'll find a way."

Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27


Blackhawks add another defenseman to pipeline, draft Nicolas Beaudin at No. 27

DALLAS — Despite taking Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Blackhawks took a second defenseman at No. 27 with the selection of Nicolas Beaudin.

Beaudin is a 5-foot-11, 172-pound defenseman who's known to be a puck-mover. He's a left-handed shot, which is something the Blackhawks could use more of in the organization along their blue line.

The 18-year-old registered 69 points (12 goals, 57 assists) in 68 games with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL, and added three goals and eight assists in 10 postseason contests.

Beaudin is the third defenseman the Blackhawks have taken in the first round the last two years, with Henri Jokiharju and Boqvist being the other two.

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

Blackhawks select Adam Boqvist with the No. 8 overall pick

DALLAS — For the first time since drafting Patrick Kane first overall in 2007, the Blackhawks owned a top-10 pick in the NHL Draft. There was speculation that Stan Bowman might get aggressive and trade the No. 8 selection for immediate help if a deal made sense.

Instead, the draft couldn't have unfolded more favorably for the Blackhawks, who elected to keep the pick and drafted defenseman Adam Boqvist.

“You can never have enough D," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said on the NBCSN broadcast. "He moves the puck, he’s very active in the play, very dynamic in a lot of ways. He can help our power play down the road, I am looking forward to seeing how he does in the summer and going into camp."

"There’s opportunity here on the back end with our team, and it’s going to be competitive along the way, but certainly you got a guy that can move the puck and get involved offensively, those guys are hard to find.”

Boqvist is a 5-foot-11, 168-pound right-handed shot blue-liner who's drawn comparisons to Erik Karlsson, given his offensive ability.

"I know they have lots of Swedish defensemen," Boqvist said of the Blackhawks. "They played pretty well as a team and like to have the puck, you know, [Patrick] Kane. Yeah, I like it."

He compiled 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 25 games for the Brynas J20 squad in the SuperElit league, and added three goals and two assists in three playoff games. But his production dropped off when he moved up to the Swedish Hockey League, where he registered only one assist in 15 games.

As we mentioned in our NHL Draft Profile this week, there are a few concerns about Boqvist.

He's only 17 years old and his defensive work needs improvement, meaning the Blackhawks must be patient with his development. He's also sustained a couple head injuries over the course of his young career, which adds some risk to the equation.

But there's clearly major upside if you're being compared to Karlsson.

"I think I need to improve my defensive play and need to be bigger and stronger," Boqvist said. "Of course, my offense can be better, too, so almost everything."

Boqvist joins Henri Jokiharju and Ian Mitchell as the team's top three defensive prospects, all of whom have right-handed shots.