Bouchard was officially returned to AHL Bakersfield on Friday. Bouchard was called up yesterday in a "paper" transaction, allowing the Oilers to maximize their salary flexibility when placing Adam Larsson (fibula) on long-term injured reserve. In related moves, Ethan Bear and William Lagesson were called up in advance of Saturday's contest versus the Kings.
Bouchard was called up from AHL Bakersfield on Thursday. Bouchard's stay in the bus league this year was short. However, this may have been a "paper" transaction to accommodate Adam Larsson's (undisclosed) move to long-term injured reserve, so Bouchard could be back in the minors before long.
Bouchard was reassigned to AHL Bakersfield following Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Coyotes. Bouchard did not play in the contest. The 19-year-old defenseman showed well in rookie camp, but Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca believes general manager Ken Holland would like Bouchard to get his first professional experience in the minors. The 10th overall pick from 2018 may get called up later in the season, but it's unlikely he will contribute much, if at all, at the NHL level this season.
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.
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