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BLOG: Bouchard named OHL Defenceman of the Year

The Oakville, Ontario product and Oilers prospect recorded 53 points (16G, 37A) in 45 games with a +28 plus-minus rating this season in his final year with the London Knights

by Jamie Umbach /

EDMONTON, AB - London Knights defenceman and Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard was named the recipient of the 2018-19 Max Kaminsky Trophy on Thursday as the OHL's Defenceman of the Year.

Bouchard recorded 53 points (16G, 37A) in 45 games with a +28 plus-minus rating this season after suiting up for seven games with the Oilers, scoring his first NHL goal against the Washington Capitals on October 26. He was the only defenceman in the OHL this season to average more than four shots on goal per game, and his 1.18 points-per-game mark was the second highest in the league.

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"I am very honoured to be named defenceman of the year," Bouchard said in a release published by the OHL this afternoon. "With the quality of players throughout this talented league, this is an achievement that I am incredibly proud of. I would like to credit my teammates, coaching staff, family, and fans for this award. Each member within the London Knights organization was instrumental to my success both on and off the ice and I would like to thank each and every person who helped me along the way."

A 19-year-old from Oakville, Ontario played four seasons with the Knights, helping the club capture an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup title in his 2015-16 rookie season. He amassed 54 goals and 147 assists for 201 points during his London tenure which ranks second all-time among points by a Knights defenceman.

Bouchard was named Knights captain in January of 2018, later being selected 10th overall by the Oilers in the 2018 NHL Draft last June. He returned from his seven-game stint with the Oilers in time to represent Team OHL at the CIBC Canada Russia Series and Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Bouchard is currently with the AHL's Bakersfield Condors, where he scored a goal and two assists in his playoff debut on Tuesday.

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