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Evan Bouchard

Date of Birth October 20, 1999
Height 6' 2
Weight 192
Country Canada
Position Defense
Shoots Right
Amateur Team London Knights
Previous Amateur Team Oakville Blades
Draft History
Projected to be drafted in 2018 NHL Draft: 1st Round, 6th Overall Pick by Edmonton Edmonton
Additional Information Big impact defender who some have categorized as a power play specialist although I think that is understating his overall game and upside. Has been at the top or close to the top in defenseman scoring this entire year in the OHL. He was named captain of his club, and plays really smart in both ends. Has good balance and good four-direction skating ability despite not being categorized as a fast agile lateral mover with a big burst up ice. Thinks the game at an elite level, and in March was leading his team in scoring. Has little problem getting involved up ice on the rush and is very comfortable using his skill set and decision-making to create from the blue line. His has an excellent hard point shot, but always looks for the best pass too. Skates a bit upright, but it doesn’t hamper his vision or coolness in his own end and when things are starting to develop on the offensive. The sport has reached a skill level where there is a division that separates the position of defenseman into two distinct type styles, and at this point, Bouchard falls into the "has decent size and power, but lacks that lightning speed" side. Still developing, he projects as a right-side backline leader who continues to grow his game to where he achieves high pair NHL status.

—Bill Placzek—

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