Evan Bouchard

Edmonton Oilers
Photo courtesy of OntarioHockeyLeague.com

Fantasy Summary

A minute-munching defender who creates and delivers at even-strength and with the man-advantage. Loves to jump into the play. Polished offensively.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 20, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 10

Observations

March 2019 – Bouchard may not be matching his 1.3 points per game from last season but he is having another impressive season for the London Knights nonetheless. His 49 points in just 42 games played places him 12th in point by OHL defenceman and his 1.17 points per game places him third among defenders. His shooting, passing and offensive hockey sense are three of his strongest attributes and are also three things the Oilers desperately lack on their blue line. However, the young defender needs to continue to improve his skating, has to improve his defensive zone play and has to have a more consistent compete level. These weaknesses in his game have been noted since before he was drafted but were brought up again during his lackluster play at the World Junior Championship in December. It should be noted though that he wasn’t utilized as well as he could have been by the coaching staff for team Canada. Bouchard will turn 20 in October and although he has the potential to make the Oilers out of camp, there is a good chance he finds himself on the Bakersfield Condors next season. Jameson Ewasiuk

December 2018 – After recording one goal in seven games to start the year with the Edmonton Oilers, Bouchard was sent back down to the London Knights. Since his return, the young defender has picked up where he left last season. His 18 points places him 20th in scoring for OHL defensemen despite only having played 13 games. His 1.38 points per game is second in the league for defensemen and 18th for all players. His impressive play has earned him an invite to Canada’s World Junior camp and at this point it would be a huge surprise if he didn’t make team Canada. Jameson Ewasiuk

April 2018 – Bouchard’s draft-eligible season came to close last week as the London Knights were swept by the Owen Sound Attack. Bouchard had a tremendous third season in the OHL, completing his regular season with a whopping 87 points in 67 games. The point total represented the highest mark for any first-time draft-eligible skater in the CHL – not just defenders but all skaters. His 297 shots were the second most in the OHL. He tacked on a goal and four helpers in four playoff games. Bouchard has watched his stock grow all season long from being a guy consistenly ranked in the mid-20s to landing at fifth overall on Craig Button’s most recent list. The big, right-shot defender was the focal point of the Knights offense and often saw upwards of 30 minutes a game in all situations. He’ll be snatched up early this June and is the type of player who could conceivably crack and NHL lineup in the fall due to his late 1999 birthday and accomplished CHL resume. Cam Robinson

January 2018 – A power play quarterback if there ever was one. Bouchard mixes terrific vision, nimble passing skills and a cannon for a shot. He currently leads all CHL draft-eligible players with 60 points in 47 games. Named captain of the Knights after the team sold many of their veteran players at the OHL deadline – including former captain, Robert Thomas, Bouchard has been leaned on extremely heavily, playing north of 30 minutes a night on a regular basis. His rise up the ranks of many major scouting services has been steady this year and he now finds himself in the discussion for a top 10 selection.  CamRobinson


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAA SCTAMM 35 18 13 31 46 | Playoffs 8 1 3 4 16 
  Oakville Blades OJHL 1 0 1 1 0 |          
  Oakville Rangers Minor Mdgt AAA OHL Cup 3 0 1 1 14 |          
  Team OMHA White OGC-16 5 5 6 11 6 |          
 2015-2016 London Knights OHL 43 2 15 17 24 | Playoffs 10 0 2 2
  Team White U17-Dev 3 1 2 3 2 |          
  Canada White U17 WHC-17 6 1 5 6 4 |          
 2016-2017 Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 0 0 0 0 |          
  London Knights OHL 68 11 33 44 24 | Playoffs 14 3 4 7
 2017-2018 London Knights OHL 67 25 62 87 54 | Playoffs 4 1 4 5
 2018-2019 London Knights OHL 45 16 37 53 40 | Playoffs 11 4 17 21
  Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 1 0 1 2 |          
  Bakersfield Condors AHL 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 8 3 5 8
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 0 3 3 0 |          
 2019-2020 Bakersfield Condors AHL - - - - - |          

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