Ramblings: Guentzel and Connor Ready to Pop, The Panthers’ Crease, Bouchard, & Advertising (Dec. 23)

Cam Robinson

2020-12-22

The news came down on Monday that Oscar Klefbom would miss the entire 2021 campaign. For reference, I'm no longer calling it the 2020-21 season because I believe in semantics.

This is, obviously, a massive hit to a blueline that could ill afford to take such a punch. If there was ever any question regarding Tyson Barrie's offensive role on the club, the answer is clear now. However, I present to you one other potential outcome.

Evan Bouchard.

Seriously, people, Bouchard is the guy I would want working the puck around on that Oilers top power play. He oozes offensive instincts. He owns the type of howitzer that would make Al Iafrate nod knowingly. His 36 points in 54 AHL games as a rookie last season speak to those skills.

This year, he's been hanging out in the Swedish second division and doing his thing with six goals and 17 points in 23 games. That sits third for defenders with a couple of vets ahead of him.

Here's a look at how Bouchard compares to Dougie Hamilton courtesy of Byron Bader's Hockeyprospecting model.