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First Rounders In The Mix For A Spot On A Canadian Team In the NHL

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Here are five recent first-round picks fighting for jobs in Canadian training camps:

Evan Bouchard (Oilers)

Age: 19

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

Draft: 10th overall (2018)

Last Year: London (OHL), 45 GP, 16 goals, 37 assists, 53 points

Scoop: Edmonton’s most glaring need on defence is a partner for Oscar Klefbom. That is Bouchard’s opening to earn a full-time spot on the roster. Bouchard broke camp with the Oil last year, scoring his first NHL goal in his seven-game audition. He earned the nickname “Old Man Bouchard” around town for his laid-back demeanour. He rarely seemed rattled on the ice. It was perhaps his relative lack of intensity or urgency that raised eyebrows at the World Junior Championship for Team Canada. Fellow Swedish import Joel Persson has gotten the bulk of the ice time with Klefbom to start camp, but Bouchard has plenty of opportunity in front of him.

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