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Oilers recall Bouchard, Klefbom placed on IR

Josh Vold   ·   19 février 2020
It was announced on Wednesday that the Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Evan Bouchard from the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League.

The Oilers have also placed defenceman Oscar Klefbom on injured reserve. It was announced on Tuesday morning that he will miss the next two-to-three weeks with a shoulder injury. Veteran forward Markus Granlund was reassigned to the Condors as part of the swap as well.

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Bouchard was selected 10th overall by the Oilers at the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He made the team out of camp the following season, but only played seven games before being sent back to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. After his OHL season ended he was recalled by the Condors in hopes that he could help them make a deep playoff run.

Despite a strong performance in training camp at the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Bouchard was cut by the Oilers and sent down to Bakersfield so he could further develop.

He has been a stud on the Condors blueline this season, he sits third on the team in scoring with seven goals and 33 points in 50 games.

Bouchard is the third highly ranked Oilers prospect to earn a recall in recent months, joining Kailer Yamomoto (9-9-18, 18 GP) and Tyler Benson (0-1-1, 4 GP)



The Oilers currently sit first in the Pacific Division with 70 points, but there's only three points separating them from ninth in the Western Conference. Due to the recent injuries to Klefbom, Connor McDavid, James Neal, Kris Russell, and Joakim Nygard, the Oilers are going to have all hands on deck if they hope to be in a playoff spot at the end of the season.

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