Madison Bowey was the 18th defenseman taken in last years draft. The Capitals had high hopes for him and they were able to see him in action in last year developmental camp.
Madison Bowey came into this developmental camp a different person, if that is possible. He gained 10 pounds, in a good way, and skated like a veteran playing the game for years.
During last season he led, as Captain, his team, Kelowna, to a league high 57 wins and had career highs in goals; 21, assists; 53 and plus/minus with a plus 44.
“I’ve enjoyed watching him react to other players,” Capitals new assistant coach Todd Reirden said. “You can see he’s got some really strong leadership traits and I think that’s important moving forward.
“Those are the type of guys we want to have in our organization if we want our locker room in the future to be what we want it to be.”
In a year or two, Bowey could be the guy that the Capitals look to on the power play and also start the offensive counter-act by bringing the puck out of the zone. He could be the next Mike Green-type player for the Capitals.
“Being a younger guy I had a lot of help with the coaches,” Bowey said. “Every game and every practice I had to come to the rink wanting to be the hardest working guy on the ice and that was a big step in helping me mature into a better player.”
With Bowey only 19, and the free agent signings of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, we will not see Bowey until earliest next year, unless the injury bug hits the Captials and they need to reach into their pockets to fill some holes. Either way, the prospects for the Capitals look like they are ready to go.