EDMONTON, AB - Evan Bouchard continues to learn every day at Oilers Main Camp.
The 2018 10th-overall selection played a team-high 22:50 on Thursday versus the Winnipeg Jets, seeing some time on both the power play and penalty kill.
While he's experiencing new on-ice instances in his first crack at professional puck, Bouchard said his comfort level continues to rise as he's been doled out in different situations.
"The more you play, the more comfortable you get," said Bouchard on Saturday. "As the game progressed I got more and more comfortable."
It could be easy to get flustered as an 18-year-old killing a penalty or walking the blueline on the man-advantage but Bouchard has remained focused on the details taught during practice in order to maintain his poised play.
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"I think it's just focusing on the details," Bouchard said. "We work on it in practice and you just have to remember the systems. They give us tips on how to do it but in the end, it's playing hockey. It's listening in practice and listening to the coaching staff about the systems."
The Oakville, ON, native said he's grown accustomed to adjusting to new strategies each time he's stepped onto a new squad.
"I think every team runs differently," he added. "Some teams, they do man-on-man. Some teams, it's a little bit of zone. You just have to adjust with whatever team you're playing with. Growing up, there was always a change like that, so I think you get used to it."
Captain Connor McDavid was asked about the Oilers rookie.
"He's doing things well," said McDavid. "He's learning as he goes. It's tough to go through your first training camp, learn the system and meet new guys... it can be a bit of a stressful one.
"He seems like a guy that doesn't get shook."