Keven Bouchard
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Keven Bouchard

Hometown:

Alma Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-04-19

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2014

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (183rd overall), 2014

Weight:

205 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2010-11: Keven Bouchard appeared in two midget AAA games with Jonquiere Elites in Quebec and played bantam hockey in Metabetchouan. He was one of 42 bantam-aged players invited to the initial Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp organized by former NHLer Gary Roberts. 

2011-12: Bouchard played midget AAA hockey with Jonquiere Elites as a 15-year-old — sharing the goaltending duties with Mathieu Duquette. In 21 games he was 7-9 and had a 2.80 goals against and .885 save percentage. Bouchard was 5-2 in seven playoff games and had a 2.27 goals against and .908 save percentage. He represented Canada in the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria and had a 2.77 goals against and .892 save percentage in five games. Bouchard was selected by Val-d’Or in the third (46th overall) of the 2012 QMJHL Entry Draft. 

2012-13: Bouchard returned to Jonquiere Elites for his second season — splitting the goaltending with 15-year-old Olivier Tremblay. In 22 games he was 10-8 with a 3.17 goals against and .893 save percentage.Bouchard started eight of nine playoff games and was 4-4 with two losses in overtime; posting a 2.76 goals against and .918 save percentage. 

2013-14: Bouchard made his QMJHL debut with Val-d’Or — gradually seeing more action and then emerging in a tandem with Antoine Bibeau after Francois Tremblay (STL) was traded to Victoriaville prior to the trade deadline. Bouchard was 17-7 with two shutouts in 27 games and had a 2.95 goals against and .887 save percentage. The Foreurs finished first in the West Division and defeated Baie-Comeau in the QMJHL finals to advance to the Memorial Cup. Bibeau started all 24 QMJHL playoff games with Bouchard stopping 5 of 6 shots in 14 minutes of action in an 8-2 win over Acadie-Bathurst in the first round in his only playoff appearance. He played one period at the Memorial Cup; stopping all 13 shots in the Foreurs’ 6-3 loss to Guelph in round robin play.Val-d’Or lost to Memorial Cup champion Edmonton in triple overtime in a semifinal game. Bouchard was ranked 10th amongst North American goaltenders in the final Central Scouting rankings and was selected by Edmonton in the seventh round (183rd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

2014-15: Bouchard attended his first NHL training camp with the Oilers before being returned to Val-d’Or. Splitting time in net with 17-year-old Etienne Montpetit for the high-flying Foreurs, he appeared in 36 regular season games and four playoff contests. Bouchard was 15-13-5 with one shutout and had a 3.85 goals against and .872 save percentage in the regular season. Val-d’Or was second in the West Division, finishing second to Moncton in goals scored (283) but allowing 266 goals against (third most in the league). The Foreurs reached the QMJHL playoff semifinals, falling in four games to Rimouski. Bouchard was 0-2 with a 4.03 goals against and .885 save percentage in four games as Montpetit handled the bulk of the goaltending in the playoffs.

Talent Analysis

Bouchard is a project at this point with the tall frame of a prototypical NHL goaltender. He is still fairly raw as a prospect but has the work ethic and commitment to improve.

Future

Bouchard is in his third QMJHL season in 2015-16. Acquired by Baie Comeau in a June 2015 trade with Val-d'Or, he began the season with the rebuilding Drakkar before being traded to Moncton in December 2015. Overmatched at times during his time with the Drakkar, Bouchard has shared the goaltending duties for second-place Moncton with rookie Blade Mann-Dixon. Bouchard's play down the stretch and in the playoffs will likely determine if he receives an entry-level contract. Drafted in 2014, Bouchard would re-enter the 2016 NHL Draft if not signed before then. As with many goalies taken late in the draft, he was taken based on his raw tools and his NHL potential is unclear.

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