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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard, Samorukov named to OHL All-Star Teams

Evan Bouchard was chosen as a first team All-Star for the second consecutive year, while Dmitri Samorukov received a third team All-Star nod

by Paul Gazzola /

Evan Bouchard and Dmitri Samorukov are getting some well-earned recognition.

On Wednesday, it was announced that former London Knight defender Bouchard was selected to the Ontario Hockey League's first team All-Star club for the second year in a row.

Fellow Oilers prospect and Guelph Storm rearguard Samorukov was named a third team All-Star, just a week after competing in the 2019 Memorial Cup.

Bouchard navigated a whirlwind season that saw him don an Oilers uniform, Knights sweater, Team Canada colours and finish in Bakersfield Condors threads. 

The 2018 first-round selection dressed in seven games with the Oilers, scoring his first career National Hockey League goal against the Washington Capitals. 

Bouchard then proceeded to play 45 games as captain of the Knights, recording 16 goals and 53 points in the regular season then another 21 points in 11 playoff matches. He also defended the blueline for Team Canada at the 2019 World Junior Championship. Bouchard's body of work in the OHL this season earned him the Max Kaminsky Trophy for OHL Defenceman of the Year.

Bouchard made an instant impact in the 2019 American Hockey League playoffs with the Condors, suiting up in eight games and notching three goals and five assists.

Samorukov was paramount in Guelph's road towards a J. Ross Robertson Cup victory as 2019 OHL champions. The defenceman registered 45 points in 59 regular season outings then exploded in the postseason, accruing 10 goals and 28 points in 24 games to lead all OHL defenders in playoff scoring.

Samorukov also competed in the 2019 World J's, serving as an alternate captain for Russia, who took home a bronze medal.

The 84th-overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft picked up one assist in four games at the Memorial Cup.

2018-19 OHL All-Star Teams (voting points listed following team):

First Team All-Stars:
C - Morgan Frost (Soo Greyhounds) 77 - voted 1st team in 2017-18
LW - Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs) 84 - voted 3rd team in 2017-18
RW - Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion) 79
D - Evan Bouchard (London Knights) 73 - voted 1st team in 2017-18
D - Mac Hollowell (Soo Greyhounds) 68
G - Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves) 95
Coach - Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67's) 71

Second Team All-Stars:
C - Kevin Hancock (London Knights) 44 - voted 3rd team LW in 2016-17
LW - Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) 40
RW - Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67's) 51
D - Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit) 59
D - Adam Boqvist (London Knights) 46
G - Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals) 44
Coach - Cory Stillman (Sudbury Wolves) 26

Third Team All-Stars:
C - Nick Suzuki (Guelph Storm) 38
LW - Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) 25
RW - Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm) 18
D - Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm) 32
D - Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) 25
G - Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit) 19
Coach - Dale Hunter (London Knights) 24 - voted 1st team in 2019-10, 2nd team in 2005-06, 1st team in 2004-05, 1st team in 2003-04

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