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


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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 


Evan Bouchard: Simply put, no Oilers’ prospect outside of the NHL had a better 2019-2020 season than Bouchard. To briefly describe his campaign last year, Bouchard was tied for second on the Condors in points, had more than double the points of the Condors’ next defender, he was third in all AHL rookie defender scoring, 11th for all rookies and he was 10th in all AHL defenseman scoring. The offense has always been the name of the game for Bouchard but it is good to see him make a smooth transition to the pro level. This season, the young rearguard has been loaned to Södertälje SK of the Allsvenskan and has one goal and 25 penalty minutes in two games to date. Bouchard will have a chance to find a place on the Oilers’ third pairing as early as the start of the season especially if the team opts to move on from Benning and/or Russell. If the Canadian defender is on the Oilers, do not be surprised to see him on the top power-play sooner rather than later. Jameson Ewasiuk


March 2020 – Bouchard has had an impressive rookie pro season for the Condors of the AHL. To date, the young defender has recorded seven goals and 33 points in 50 games which places him third in rookie defenseman scoring, 11th in all rookie scoring and 10th for all AHL defensemen. His 127 shots on goal place him first for rookie defenders, fourth for all rookies and ninth for all AHL defensemen. His numbers are even more impressive when you factor in the struggling Bakersfield Condors team that he plays on where he is third in points, second in assists and second in shots. Bouchard has received a call up to the Oilers this season but did not get any game action in. If it were not for Edmonton having so many young defensemen making an impact for them this season (Bear, Jones, and Lagesson), Bouchard would likely be on the team right now. His skating is not the best and it would be nice to see him play with more pace but his puck skills and hockey sense cannot be ignored. He has a real shot at making the Oilers next season. Jameson Ewasiuk


September 2019 – Bouchard did everything he could to prove to the Oilers’ management staff that he is ready for the NHL. The young defender was a standout in rookie camp and was arguably the best player in the two Oilers versus Flames rookie games. He didn’t record a point in his three preseason games but by all accounts he was one of Edmonton’s better defenders in those games. He’ll likely never be a defensive standout but his play in his own end as well as his overall compete level both look improved. His skating has also taken a step forward which will help his transition to the pro level. On September 25th the Oilers announced that they had assigned Bouchard to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL which isn’t overly a surprise given the strong preseason performances from older prospects with more pro experience in Bear and Persson. Jameson Ewasiuk


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

Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 20, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 1; Overall: 10


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