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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.


Observations

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June 2022 – Bouchard, who just completed his first full season with the Oilers, was not considered an official NHL rookie last season after suiting up in 21 games over the previous three campaigns. Nevertheless, the young defender had an excellent year in Edmonton recording 12 goals and 43 points in 81 games. His season was especially impressive when you factor in that he was not a mainstay on the Oilers’ 1PP. Despite his strong year, the offensive minded defender essentially flew under the radar and did not receive much attention for some reason. While creating offence is Bouchard’s bread and butter, defending can be a bit of a challenge at times. While he is improving in that regard and learning to be more assertive, he still has a ways to go before he will be considered consistent in his own end. With all that said, the 22-year-old continues to trend in the right direction and it is looking like he has the potential to be a top-pair defender in the NHL in the near future. If you have the opportunity to invest in this player, from a fantasy perspective, consider him a safe option with high upside. Jameson Ewasiuk 

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