Oilers send defenceman Evan Bouchard to OHL Knights

Boston Bruins' Ryan Donato (17) is chased by Edmonton Oilers' Evan Bouchard (75) during first period NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on Thursday October 18, 2018. (Jason Franson/CP)

The Edmonton Oilers have returned rookie defenceman Evan Bouchard to the OHL’s London Knights.

Bouchard, 19, has appeared in seven NHL games so far this season, scoring one goal. The 10th overall pick in the 2018 draft skated in 67 games with the Knights last season, recording 25 goals and 62 assists.

By sending him back to London for continued development, Edmonton saves a year on Bouchard’s entry-level contract as the move was made before the promising prospect hit the important 10-game mark.

The Oilers (7-4-1) currently sit third in the Pacific Division.

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