Bouchard scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Flames' rookies. Bouchard's goal was the only tally the Oilers' rookies managed against their provincial rivals in the two-game series that saw them shut out 1-0 on Saturday. Bouchard recorded three goals and five helpers in eight games during AHL Bakersfield's playoff run last season. The 19-year-old defenseman seems to be on the fast-track to the NHL, as it's expected he will crack the 23-man roster for Opening Night. The 10th overall pick from the 2018 draft is a name to target for owners in dynasty formats, and he may play his way onto the single-season fantasy radar this year if he can hit the ground running.
Playing in his first game for AHL Bakersfield, Bouchard tallied a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 5-2 Game 3 victory over Colorado. Reassigned to the Condors after London was eliminated from the OHL postseason late last week, Bouchard wasted no time making a big impression with his new club. Although Bouchard had a mediocre season for London by his standards (16 goals, 53 points in 45 games), he had an excellent playoff (21 points in 11 games) and his hot run has carried over to the AHL. With the Edmonton defense in shambles, expect the 2018 first-round (10th overall) selection to earn a full-time role with the Oilers in 2019-20.
Bouchard racked up two goals and two assists to help lead London to a 7-4 Game 3 victory over Guelph in the OHL playoffs on Monday. The unstoppable defensive pair of Bouchard (18 points in seven games) and Chicago first-rounder Adam Boqvist (10 points in seven games) have London up 3-0 in the series and a game away from reaching the OHL finals. Bouchard's 18 postseason points lead the league. After struggling for much of the regular season (53 points in 45 games), the tenth-overall selection has picked a perfect time to find his game. It's highly likely that Bouchard spends the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in Edmonton.
Bouchard was assigned to OHL London on Friday. Bouchard, a highly touted blue-line prospect, appeared in seven games for the Oilers before it was determined that it would be better for his development to spend the rest of the season at junior. Edmonton also avoids having to burn the first year of his entry-level contract since the 19-year-old has returned to the OHL before his ninth game.
Bouchard scored his first NHL goal -- on the power play, no less -- in Thursday's 4-1 win over Washington. Bouchard's playing time distribution tells you all you need to know about the 19-year-old blueliner -- he's raw, but gifted offensively. While the Oilers only trusted him with 11 minutes of ice time, 3:09 came with the extra man. Bouchard capitalized on that power-play time by opening the scoring in the first period with his first point after six scoreless NHL appearances. That goal will likely be the first of many for the 10th overall selection in the 2018 draft.
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