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DEV CAMP: Broberg, Bouchard bond at Dev Camp

With a decision to make for his future, Philip Broberg used fellow defence prospect Evan Bouchard as a source of advice

by Paul Gazzola /

EDMONTON, AB - They share the same position and the same experience of being first-round NHL Draft selections. 

At Oilers Development Camp, they also shared the ice and a hotel room.

It was only a matter of time until they would bro down.

'They' being 2019 first-rounder Philip Broberg and 2018 first-rounder Evan Bouchard.

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It was a natural fit to have the two room together, with Bouchard able to provide a helping hand to Broberg after going through this process just 12 months ago.

"It was funny," Bouchard said of being roommates with Broberg over the past few days. "He's a great guy. A funny guy to be with."

Given the swift friendship and given the looming decision of where Broberg will play for the 2019-20 season - in Sweden with the Skelleftea or in Canada with the Hamilton Bulldogs - the two shared conversations on what the Swedish defender should do.

 "He was my roommate, so obviously I talked a lot with him," said Broberg, the eighth-overall selection. "I know I got to take my time. I know I'm not ready to play in the NHL but we'll see where I develop the best. That decision is up to me and Edmonton, of course."

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Bouchard experienced four seasons of Ontario Hockey League competition with the London Knights, concluding his major junior career with 54 goals and 201 points in 223 games. 

"I think it's just the step where you're at," Bouchard, last year's 10th-overall pick, said. "The staff knows what's best for you. You have to understand their decisions, see where they're coming from and make the most out of wherever you are."

Oilers VP of Player Development Scott Howson was on hand after the Billy Moores Cup, offering management's take on Broberg's upcoming choice for the '19-20 campaign.

"He's going to go back tomorrow and then he's going to decide with his family, with his advisors and with us what he's going to do next year," Howson said. "He's got a number of options. He hasn't decided yet.

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"The most important thing we told him was, 'It's your decision, here are the pros and here are the cons with each. You've got to decide what you want to do.' We're OK with him if it's Hamilton or if it's Skelleftea. We're OK with either choice. We just want to make sure he's going to play, and play important minutes."

Although it's unknown what the Swede wants to do for next year, his new pal Bouchard did confirm one thing about the newest Oilers defence prospect.

"You can see his skating is top-notch and his smarts are good," Bouchard said.

"He's going to be a phenomenal player."

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