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FUTURE WATCH: Saginaw soars with seven, open OHL semis in victory

Dmitri Samorukov had a solitary assist for the Guelph Storm and Oilers prospects in action on Thursday in Game 1 of the OHL semifinals

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - Advantage Saginaw.

The Guelph Storm and the Saginaw Spirit were level with a goal apiece through 20 minutes before the Spirit soared with a five-goal second period en route to a 7-2 win in Game 1 of their OHL semifinal series.

Tweet from @SpiritHockey: Game One goes to the #Spirit!!!!#SAGvsGUE #SoarWithUs #OHLPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/wTDxyFbMiE

Dmitri Samorukov had an assist on Guelph's second goal that cut the Saginaw lead to 3-2 just before the midway point of the middle frame. The Volgograd, Russia native increased his playoff point total to four goals and eight assists in 12 contests.

Oilers second-round, 40th-overall pick from 2018 and Saginaw centre Ryan McLeod went without a point and sits on four goals and six assists through 11 postseason games.

The QMJHL semifinals between the Halifax Mooseheads and Drummondville Voltigeurs, featuring prospects Ostap Safin and goaltender Olivier Rodrigue, begin their seven-game series tomorrow in Drummondville.

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RELEASE: Bouchard assigned to Bakersfield

The Oilers first-round pick from 2018 is expected to join the Condors prior to Game 1 of their Calder Cup Playoff series tomorrow night versus the Colorado Eagles

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have assigned defenceman Evan Bouchard to the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors. Bouchard is expected to join the Condors prior to Game 1 of their Calder Cup Playoff series tomorrow night versus the Colorado Eagles.

Bouchard, 19, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Oilers on July 17, 2018 and spent this season with the Ontario Hockey League's London Knights, serving as team captain for the last two seasons. Bouchard registered 53 points (16G, 37A) in 45 games and earned a +28 plus-minus rating during the 2018-19 regular season. Bouchard led the 2018-19 OHL Playoffs in scoring through two rounds, with 21 points (4G, 17A) in 11 games. The London Knights were eliminated in the second round of the OHL playoffs on Tuesday, in a Game Seven loss to the Guelph Storm.    

In his OHL rookie season, Bouchard helped the Knights capture the OHL Championship and 2016 Memorial Cup. He was named a finalist for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as Defenceman of the Year and the Red Tilson Trophy as MVP of the OHL following his 2017-18 campaign. The 6'2, 198-pound native of Oakville, Ontario registered 201 points (54G, 147A), 142 penalty minutes and a +96 plus-minus rating in 223 career OHL games (four seasons) with the Knights.

Bouchard has represented Canada internationally on three occasions, including the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He served as an alternate captain at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, collecting three points (0G, 3A) in five games, with a +6 plus-minus and won gold with Canada White at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, registering six points (1G, 5A) in six games.

The Oilers first round pick selected 10th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft played seven games with the Oilers this season and recorded his first NHL goal in a 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals on October 25.

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L50N Goals of the Year: Round 1, Game H

In Round 1, Game H, it's Leon finishing the pass from Kassian in Carolina up against his shorthanded breakaway in Nashville

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

After Leon Draisaitl's incredible 50-goal campaign, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the forward's top plays and are putting the vote to you the fans to determine the German's top goal of the season. The top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game H, it's Leon finishing the pass from Kassian in Carolina up against his shorthanded breakaway in Nashville.

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L50N Goals of the Year: Round 1, Game G

In Round 1, Game G, it's Leon's quick backhand on the Jets up against his power-play tally versus the Islanders

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

After Leon Draisaitl's incredible 50-goal campaign, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the forward's top plays and are putting the vote to you the fans to determine the German's top goal of the season. The top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game G, it's Leon's quick backhand on the Jets up against his power-play tally versus the Islanders.

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BLOG: Draisaitl nominated for 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy

In addition to his 50-goal season, the German made an eight-year, $1.2 million commitment to support local charities including WE in Alberta and Hockey Helps Kids

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - King Leon, meet King Clancy.

On Wednesday, Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl was named the Oilers nominee for the 2018-19 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded annually in the NHL "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: Congrats to Leon on his nomination for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to a player that best exemplifies leadership qualities on & off the ice & who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community! #LetsGoOilers https://t.co/stcODdQ9Ml

The three finalists, selected by a committee of senior NHL executives led by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, with the winner to be revealed at the 2019 NHL Awards™ presented by Bridgestone on June 19 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

Draisaitl recorded 50 goals and 55 assists for 105 points for the Oilers this season, playing all 82 games and becoming the 92nd player in League history to eclipse the 50-goal plateau.

Off the ice, the German forward made an eight-year commitment of $150,000 annually in support of local charities, starting with WE in Alberta and Hockey Helps Kids back in September. Over the next eight years, Draisaitl will donate $1.2 million to local charities, with the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) matching the donations at 50% for a total donation of $1.8 million.

The first-place finisher receives a $40,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of the winner's choice and the two runners-up will each receive a $5,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to benefit a charity or charities of their choice.

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L50N Goals of the Year: Round 1, Game F

In Round 1, Game F, it's Leon's one-timer on New Year's Eve versus the Jets up against his 30th marker of the campaign at home versus the Blackhawks

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

After Leon Draisaitl's incredible 50-goal campaign, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the forward's top plays and are putting the vote to you the fans to determine the German's top goal of the season. The top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game F, it's Leon's one-timer on New Year's Eve versus the Jets up against his 30th marker of the campaign at home versus the Blackhawks.

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L50N Goals of the Year: Round 1, Game E

In Round 1, Game E, it's Draisaitl completing his hat trick versus Los Angeles up against his 40th goal of the season in Columbus

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

After Leon Draisaitl's incredible 50-goal campaign, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the forward's top plays and are putting the vote to you the fans to determine the German's top goal of the season. The top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game E, it's Draisaitl completing his hat trick versus Los Angeles up against his 40th goal of the season in Columbus.

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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard, Knights can't weather Samorukov's Storm

Dmitri Samorukov had a goal and assist as the Guelph Storm completed the reverse sweep of Evan Bouchard and the London Knights after falling behind 3-0 in their OHL second-round series

by Jamie Umbach / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The London Knights weathered the storm early in the series, pulling ahead with a commanding 3-0 lead, but the eye of the Guelph Storm proved too powerful.

Dmitri Samorukov had a goal and assist, along with a +4 plus/minus rating, as Guelph completed the reverse sweep over Evan Bouchard and the Knights on Thursday with a 6-3 win in Game 7 of their OHL second-round series.

Bouchard had one helper, and finishes his junior career in the lead for playoff scoring this season with four goals and 17 assists in 11 games.

Samorukov, the Oilers third round, 84th-overall selection from 2017, opened the scoring in the first period by cutting across the slot and shooting back across Knights netminder Joseph Raaymakers for his fourth goal and 11th point of the postseason.

Tweet from @Storm_City: 🚨It's a bird! It's a plane! IT'S SAMORUKOV! @Samorukov_D gives us the 1-0 lead!! #GUEvsLDN pic.twitter.com/7JQtl6Nrcm

Bouchard delivered the primary assist on the power play early in the second period that evened the score 33 seconds off the restart.

Guelph and Samorukov advance to the semifinals, where they'll face the Saginaw Spirit and Oilers prospect Ryan McLeod later this week for a chance at the OHL championship.

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L50N Goals of the Year: Round 1, Game D

In Round 1, Game D, it's Leon's tic-tac-toe finish on the power play in Minnesota versus his 100th-career goal against Carolina.

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

After Leon Draisaitl's incredible 50-goal campaign, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the forward's top plays and are putting the vote to you the fans to determine the German's top goal of the season. The top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game D, it's Leon's tic-tac-toe finish on the power play in Minnesota versus his 100th-career goal against Carolina.

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L50N Goals of the Year: Round 1, Game C

In Round 1, Game C, it's Leon's corner pick versus the Sharks up against his power-play tally versus the Canadiens

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

After Leon Draisaitl's incredible 50-goal campaign, EdmontonOilers.com reviewed all the forward's top plays and are putting the vote to you the fans to determine the German's top goal of the season. The top 32 plays face off in head-to-head competition until a winner is ultimately determined. We will regularly put two plays up against one another and it's up to you to decide which one will advance on to the next round.

In Round 1, Game C, it's Leon's corner pick versus the Sharks up against his power-play tally on the Canadiens.

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