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Oilers Top Prospect D Evan Bouchard Headed to Sweden

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The 20 year old (21 in October) will join Sodertalje in Sweden’s HockeyAllsvenskan, the country’s second-best league until Oilers training camp begins.

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This just in, from early this morning:

Confirmed shortly after by the team itself, who also added that F Gaetan Haasrumored loan to SC Bern was made official:

Bouchard, the Oilers 10th overall pick from the 2018 Draft — , spent his first full professional season with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. By all accounts, he started slowly, but turned it well around by the end of the year, finishing with 7-29-36 in 54 GP. Most local pundits expect him to make the Oilers next season. The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler has him pegged as the Oilers best prospect at any position, and compares him to Dallas’ John Klingberg. Klingberg has collected 58-233-291 in 425 NHL games to date, and added another 3-10-13 in 16GP in this year’s playoffs. Not bad:

Bouchard is now one of many Oilers prospects to find work overseas with the AHL’s immediate future up in the air. He was loaned to Sweden’s second-best league, the Hockey AllSvenskan, because the top-tier SHL does not allow for NHL out-clauses: