Evan Bouchard

Evan Bouchard

24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Edmonton Oilers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Bouchard took a small step back on offense with eight goals and 32 assists in 82 games last year, but he took over as the Oilers' power-play quarterback following Tyson Barrie's trade to Nashville on Feb. 28. With that role locked up full-time going forward, Bouchard has the potential to have a career year, given his heavy shot and strong passing skills. He doesn't block many shots for a defenseman, but he holds his own in the physical categories. Given the Oilers' high-scoring reputation, most fantasy managers won't be sleeping on Bouchard -- he has the highest upside of any Edmonton blueliner in 2023-24. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.8 million million contract with the Oilers in August of 2023.
Sets up game-winner
DEdmonton Oilers
May 23, 2024
Bouchard notched an assist, four shots on goal, a plus-3 rating, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 3-2 double-overtime win over the Stars in Game 1.
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Bouchard's attempt was deflected in by Connor McDavid at the 32-second mark of the second overtime. The playoffs have elevated Bouchard's breakout year to the league stage -- he's picked up five goals and 16 helpers over 13 appearances while adding a plus-13 rating and 22 blocks. The 24-year-old defenseman will continue to get his looks in a top-pairing role and on the first power-play unit, where he's earned eight of his 21 points this postseason.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    23:00
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:27
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:20
 
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Short-Handed
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19:48
1:20
1:40
2022–23
18:31
2:16
0:33
2023–24
23:00
3:27
0:20
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Close to signing with Oilers
DEdmonton Oilers
August 23, 2023
Bouchard is believed to be close to signing a two-year, $7.8 deal with Edmonton, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
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Bouchard is a restricted free agent coming off his entry-level contract. He had 12 goals and 43 points in 81 contests with the Oilers in 2021-22, and he followed that up with eight goals and 40 points in 82 games last season. A bridge deal is likely in both parties' best interest, as the Oilers are up against the cap and Bouchard could potentially land a lucrative long-term contract in a few years assuming he continues to improve.
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It took longer than many expected for Bouchard to earn a full-time gig with the Oilers, but he ended up being worth the wait. The former No. 10 overall pick (2018) played in 81 games last year, finishing with a dozen goals and 43 points. Bouchard added 205 shots on goal, 80 hits and 112 blocks for good measure. Edmonton may be better off inserting Bouchard as their No. 1 power-play quarterback in place of Tyson Barrie in 2022-23, but Barrie is signed for two more years with a cap hit of $4.5 million and offers very little from a defensive standpoint, so Edmonton likely won't make that change. Bouchard should be able to generate enough production to be a worthy late-round fantasy pick regardless, but it may be another season or two before the true breakout arrives.
Bouchard was quite clearly one of Edmonton's best six defenders a season ago, but for some reason he played just 14 games with the big club. He did manage five points in that brief span, but the Oilers' decision to not give Bouchard a substantial role is baffling. Oscar Klefbom will likely once again miss the upcoming season with a shoulder issue, but Edmonton doubled down by resigning Tyson Barrie and acquiring Duncan Keith from Chicago. Bouchard seems likely to earn a full-time gig this time around, but he's an offensive defenseman and Barrie has the quarterback role on Edmonton's No. 1 power-play unit locked up. Bouchard isn't going to have as much fantasy value as he probably should in 2021-22.
Bouchard spent all of 2019-20 in the minors, recording seven goals and 29 helpers in 54 outings with AHL Bakersfield. The right-shot blueliner's offense isn't in question, but at 21 years old, his overall game still has room for improvement. It'll likely be another year in the minors for Bouchard, who was loaned overseas to start 2020-21 before training camp opens in Edmonton. Dynasty managers will want to hold onto Bouchard -- the 10th overall pick from 2018 is only a year or two away from a full-time NHL gig, likely when Adam Larsson's contract expires at the end of the upcoming season.
Bouchard finished the 2018-19 season with AHL Bakersfield, collecting eight points in eight postseason contests. Prior to making his professional debut, Bouchard, 19, found the scoresheet 53 times in 45 games with the London Knights (OHL). The young blueliner should be ready to make the jump to the NHL in 2019-20 and will likely assume a top-4 role with an Oilers team desperately in need of offensive defensemen. Bouchard's fantasy value will be even more pronounced in dynasty formats considering his age and ceiling. If you're desperate, feel free to use a late draft pick on the youngster, but Bouchard will likely be available after most drafts, so keep that in mind when plotting out your 2019-20 strategy.
Less than a month after being selected 10th overall by the Oilers in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Bouchard signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the club. Bouchard lacks the elite skating ability required at the position, but it's something he is working to improve. On the plus side, Bouchard owns a massive shot and possesses NHL-ready size (6-foot-2, 190 lbs) and offensive skills, racking up 87 points -- 25 goals and 62 assists -- over 67 games with OHL London last season. The 18-year-old may require some time in the minors to polish his game, but he could be a useful dynasty piece.
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Supplies two more assists
DEdmonton Oilers
May 20, 2024
Bouchard logged two assists, three shots on goal and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-2 win over the Canucks in Game 7.
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Racks up three points in win
DEdmonton Oilers
May 18, 2024
Bouchard scored a goal on two shots, added two assists, went plus-4 and blocked two shots in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Canucks in Game 6.
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Two-point effort Tuesday
DEdmonton Oilers
May 14, 2024
Bouchard scored a goal on four shots, added a power-play assist, blocked two shots and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Canucks in Game 4.
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Produces pair of points
DEdmonton Oilers
May 12, 2024
Bouchard scored a goal on six shots and added a power-play assist in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Canucks in Game 3.
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Seals win in overtime
DEdmonton Oilers
May 10, 2024
Bouchard scored a goal on five shots and went plus-2 in Friday's 4-3 overtime win over the Canucks in Game 2.
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