The Oilers shifted Bouchard to the taxi squad Thursday.
Bouchard earned a shot on the 23-man roster out of training camp, but he didn't suit up in Wednesday's Opening Night game against the Canucks. The 2018 first-round pick will continue to develop this season, as he'll likely push Adam Larsson for a spot on the third defensive pairing.
Bouchard is on the Oilers' training camp roster, indicating his loan with Sodertalje SK in Sweden is complete, Dustin Nielson of TSN 1260 reports.
Bouchard spent all of last season with AHL Bakersfield, collecting 36 points in 54 games in his first full pro season. The 21-year-old top prospect may still be a year or so away from making the Oilers' roster, but he'll likely challenge Adam Larsson for a spot on the third pairing in training camp.
Bouchard will begin the 2020-21 season on loan with Swedish second-tier team Sodertalje SK.
With AHL Bakersfield this year, Bouchard garnered seven goals and 29 helpers in 54 contests but wasn't able to secure a call-up this year. The 20-year-old blueliner did make his NHL debut back in 2018-19, in which he grabbed one goal in seven appearances for Edmonton. The retirement of Mike Green figures to open up a spot on the 23-man roster, which Bouchard could secure during training camp.
The Oilers reassigned Bouchard to AHL Bakersfield on Saturday.
Bouchard has been a healthy scratch in two straight games, so he'll head to Bakersfield and should play in Saturday's AHL game. However, it's likely he's recalled to serve as the seventh defenseman for Sunday's matchup versus the Kings.
The Oilers recalled Bouchard from AHL Bakersfield on Wednesday.
Bouchard has capitalized on his offensive talent in the minors this season, racking up seven goals and 26 assists (33 points) over 50 games with Bakersfield. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old's minus-9 point differential with the club suggests he's still got some work to do to get up to speed on the defensive end.
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.
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.
Bouchard will make his NHL debut Saturday afternoon, as the Oilers get set to face the Devils in Sweden, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
An injury to Andrej Sekera (Achilles) cleared a path to immediate playing time at the top level for Bouchard, but as Edmonton's first-round (10th overall) pick from 2018, he probably wasn't far from earning a promotion under his own merit. The Ontario native with the cannon for a point shot generated 38 goals and 148 total points for the OHL's London Knights between 2015-19. Provided he's already in the player pool in DFS contests, Bouchard will be a stealthy option in the infancy of the 2018-19 season.
Bouchard will have a chance to make the Oilers' 23-man roster after Andrej Sekera (Achilles) was ruled out indefinitely, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Bouchard was excellent for the London Knights of the OHL last season, racking up 25 goals and 87 points in 67 games. He has the size (6-foot-2, 193 pounds) to make the leap to the big club, and his two-way abilities are advanced, which made him the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Bouchard will turn 19 years old in October, so if he can't make the team he'll go back to the OHL and play for the London Knights.
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