Bouchard Signs ATO

Caps prospect Francois Bouchard has signed an ATO (amateur tryout agreement) with the Hershey Bears. Bouchard will likely skate with the Bears in the warm-up before tonight’s game against Bridgeport at Giant Center. He could be in the lineup as soon as tomorrow when the Bears host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Bouchard was Washington’s second-round choice (35th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He has played four years of junior hockey with Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL. After two consecutive 100-point seasons, Bouchard finished up the 2007-08 campaign with 36 goals and 92 points in 68 games.

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6 Comments on “Bouchard Signs ATO”

  1. Dan, Jr. Says:

    Always glad the see the Cap’s prospects do well. The Bears are a decent team already. But, I’m sure they can always use another guy who can put the puck in the net.

  2. Funkyglovefacewash Says:

    I’m anxious to see what Perreault and Bouchard can do at the next level, they both have a tremendous amount of skill.

  3. odessasteps Says:

    As Walton mentioned on the podcast the other night, the Bears have been hit hard by injuries and a fresh body could do them good.

    Oh, and … WOO! PLayoffs~!

  4. doug Says:

    Bouchard will indeed make the Caps roster in two years. He has awesome potential. He also has decent size.

  5. Tom in FL Says:

    Has Bouchard signed with the Caps? I’m guessing not since he signed this amateur thing. They need to sign him by mid-June or he goes back in the draft.

    Also, I don’t recall if Alzner even signed. Does anyone know the status of his team in the WHL Playoffs? Any chance with all the injuries to the Blueline that Alzner could make his NHL debut in the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

  6. Tom in FL Says:

    Answer my own question:

    Alzner’s team (he’s captain I think), the Calgary Hitmen (kind of a violent name, eh?), are 1-1 in the 2nd Round vs. the Swift Current Broncos. He could be activated by the Caps assuming he’s signed, once his teams concludes its WHL Playoff run.

    Meanwhile, we need to hope Shultz, Morrisonn or Pothier can return. And what’s with Clark? I’ve never seen a groin injury last this long – since late November? That’s 4 1/2 months! A broken leg heals faster than that!


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