The Next Great Superstar series continues this week and we’re heading west.
This exercise pits a young player against the metrics, situation, projection, and landscape to determine whether they’re destined to grow into one of the game’s very best players.
This week, we’re heading to the blue line to check on Edmonton Oilers’ burgeoning star, Evan Bouchard.
Question: Can Evan Bouchard become the next great superstar defenseman?
Selected No. 10 in 2018, Bouchard entered the professional realm after posting truly dominant numbers in the OHL. His work on the power play was nothing short of awesome. In 127 games spread over his draft-eligible and draft-plus one seasons, Bouchard accumulated 46 goals and 166 points and 73 of them were power play tallies.
His impressive junior stats set expe