2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Evan Bouchard is a Power Play Wizard
Who doesn’t love a good defender quarterbacking the power play?
Current Team: London Knights – OHL
Date of Birth: Oct 20, 1999
Hometown: Oakville, ON, CAN
Weight: 192 lbs
67 GP/25 G/62 A/87 PTS/54 PIM
London Knights captain, Evan Bouchard ended the 2017-18 season on a high note scoring 87 points in 67 games. This placed him atop the CHL leaderboard for points scored by a defender. Also, around half (45) of his 87 points were scored at even strength. Which means, Bouchard is a dream to have on special teams.
His ability to know where the puck and other players are located is a quality many aspire to have while on the ice. Bouchard’s passing is seamless and has meaning. The puck does not haphazardly leave his stick often. Great puck control allows Bouchard to focus more on watching plays unfold around him. Depending on how the play begins to unfold, Bouchard will either take the puck to the net or use his big body to create an open lane for his teammates.
It’s no wonder why Bouchard is slated to go in the top-10 of this year’s draft.
“A power play quarterback if there ever was one. Bouchard mixes terrific vision, nimble passing skills and a cannon for a shot.” - Cam Robinson – Dobber Hockey
“A highly intelligent defenseman with exceptional vision and offensive instincts. He reads the play very well and his passing ability allows him to be a constant threat in his teams’ transition game. He’s one of the top offensive defensemen in the Canadian Hockey League and magician-like when quarterbacking the power play.” - NHL Central Scouting
“You won’t get a lot of flash and dash but he’s smart, efficient, competitive and makes the game look easy” - Craig Button – TSN
“He thinks the game well, shoots the puck a ton, and is as strong as an ox, which will allow him to log big minutes down the road” - Sam Cosentino – SportsNet