EDMONTON, AB - All hail, Evan Bouchard.
The London Knights defenceman and captain commander overtook the Ontario Hockey League lead in playoff scoring with a four-point night in a 7-4 win over fellow Oilers defence prospect Dmitri Samorukov and the Guelph Storm.
Bouchard entered the contest tied for first in OHL postseason points but after scoring two goals - both on unbelievable individual efforts - and two assists powered himself to sole possession of the lead. The 2018 10th-overall selection has registered at least a point in all seven of his playoff matches and now has four goals, 14 assists and 18 points.
Samorukov, the Oilers 2017 third-round pick who's known to boast a knack for playing heavy hockey, found the back of the net twice in the loss. The Russian unloaded an accurate wrist shot from the point on his first then ripped twine with a slap shot on his second. Samorukov is fourth in defenceman scoring in the playoffs with three goals and five assists.
London leads the series 3-0, with the next game going Wednesday in Guelph.
Oilers goaltender prospect Olivier Rodrigue's Drummondville Voltigeurs were also in action Monday night. Rodrigue remains sidelined due to injury and didn't dress in his club's 5-2 loss to the Sherbrooke Phoenix. Drummondville leads the series 2-1.