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Edmonton Oilers sign Xavier Bourgault to a three-year entry-level contract

The Edmonton Oilers got a little business done this afternoon as they announced via their social media channels that the team has signed prospect, Xavier Bourgault, to a three-year entry-level contract that carries an AAV of $1.1675 million.

Position: Centre / Right Wing
Shoots: Right
Date of Birth: October 25, 2002
Drafted: 2021, No. 22 overall (EDM)
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 172 lbs

Described as highly skilled and a silky smooth skater, Xavier Bourgault is at his best with the puck on his stick and there is no better example of that than the 26 goals he’s put up so far in 31 QMJHL games with the Shawinigan Cataractes. A goal scorer to be sure but one that may take some time before he arrives at the NHL level, getting Xavier Bourgault locked in makes perfect sense as he will add another much-needed dose of skill to an Oilers depth chart that is in serious need of impact forwards. And seeing as Bourgault is a late birthday, he’s been already been able to get four junior seasons under his belt before making the eventual jump to the pro game, which should only help to ease the transition to Bakersfield.

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So who is Xavier Bourgault? Ahead of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft, The Athletic’s Corey Pronman ranked Bourgault at No. 29, praising his play with the puck and projecting him as a middle-six NHL winger…

Bourgault is a very skilled forward who has put up huge numbers in the QMJHL the last two seasons with 111 points in 92 games. He scored 20 goals in 29 games in 2020-21. Bourgault stands out with the puck on his stick. He’s confident, attempting to make difficult dekes and passes and executing at a solid frequency. At higher levels he projects to play on a power play. He’s not an exceptional skater, but he will be able to skate at an NHL level, and has shown he can make skilled plays on the move and play with pace. I wouldn’t describe Bourgault as a physical player or the first guy over the boards on the penalty kill, but he backchecks well enough and creates turnovers with his hustle. In a sentence, Bourgault projects as a middle-six NHL forward, likely on the wing.

Now that Bourgault is locked up, it will be fun to follow along on his journey as he looks to take the next step in his career. While there’s no doubt that the AHL will be a significant test for the 6’0″ forward, I am very excited to see how he’s able to handle stiffer competition and pro-level goaltenders.

In 31 games played with Shawinigan so far, Bourgault has registered 26 goals and 25 assists for 51 points to go along with 16 PIMs and a +19 rating.

BOURGAULT’S CAREER SO FAR

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2018-19 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 62 7 13 20 12 -43 6 0 1 1 0
2019-20 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 63 33 38 71 20 8
2020-21 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 29 20 20 40 6 7 5 0 4 4 2
2021-22 Shawinigan Cataractes QMJHL 31 26 25 51 16 19

 

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