BREAKING: The Edmonton Oilers Sign Evan Bouchard to a Steal of a Deal

Published August 23, 2023 at 10:12

The Edmonton Oilers have made a two-year extension for defenseman Evan Bouchard, the last restricted free agent on their roster. The deal is valued at around $3.9 million per season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Rising Defense Star

Evan Bouchard, chosen 10th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft, solidified his role as a top-four defenseman last season. In his second full NHL campaign, he surpassed 40 points and improved possession metrics.

Playoff Impact

Bouchard's performance during the playoffs stood out, leading defensemen with 17 points in 12 games. His power-play prowess contributed 15 points to the team's special teams success.

The Oilers' cap constraints favored a bridge deal during negotiations. General Manager Ken Holland seeks to balance cap limits with roster depth.

With a projected $3.9 million cap hit for Bouchard, minor league assignments will ensure cap compliance. Bouchard's pairing with Mattias Ekholm remains strong, bolstering the team's defense.

Bouchard remains a vital asset on the Oilers' top power-play unit alongside key players.
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BREAKING: The Edmonton Oilers Sign Evan Bouchard to a Steal of a Deal

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