The young defensive prospect has all of the tools to be an exceptional NHL player. When can we expect to see him in Washington?
In recent years, the Washington Capitals have transformed into a very balanced team. That means that no longer are they a one-trick pony who survives on offense, and instead are able to keep pucks out of the net with regularity. This is a trend that will continue into the future, due to players in their prospect pool such as defenseman Madison Bowey.
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Bowey is a 20-year-old defender out of Winnipeg, and he could be the real deal. Other than holding the role of captain for the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets for the final two of his four full seasons there, he put up excellent numbers. In the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, he scored 60 points in each season. The impressive part was that in his final season, he scored 60 in 14 less games. His dominant junior career ended in the CHL playoffs, where Bowey recorded 19 points in as many games. He is currently in his first professional season with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he has three goals and 14 assists in 41 games.
Bowey could be the complete package. At 6’2 and 210 pounds, He already has NHL-ready size and plays with a physical edge to his game. Where he excels is on the offensive side of the ice. Despite his size, he is an excellent skater who rushes the puck often and with confidence each time. He has a heavy shot and excellent vision, finding the open creases with pinpoint passes. He has played key roles in every step of his development and has only gotten better with time and experience. Could be a potential leader as well, having captained Kelowna to a WHL championship.
With his WHL career now in the books, Bowey will look ahead to the professional game for 2015-16. The Capitals are likely to be somewhat cautious with his development given how high his ceiling is, so look for Bowey to start the season with Hershey of the AHL. He will likely get a trial period with the Capitals in 2015-16 to see where he stands, but it might be a year before we see Bowey in the NHL full-time. When he arrives, the Capitals will be expecting him to be a top-pairing, do-it-all defenseman as he has been with Kelowna and Team Canada so far.
A second-round pick in 2013, it did not take long for Bowey to firmly place himself on the radar for the Washington Capitals. At six-foot-two and 210 pounds, he has great size for an NHL defenseman. What makes Bowey so dangerous is his excellent skating ability. It is very rare indeed for a player with Bowey’s size to have the level of skating that he has.
Bowey, overall, is a player that has the potential to do it all. With a booming shot and great offensive instincts, he could very well turn into a top-pairing defenseman down the line in Washington. If he continues to develop the way he has, he could be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Because of the Washington Capitals’ incredible depth on the blue line, which includes a prospect in Connor Carrick that is slightly further along than Bowey, the Caps can afford to be very patient and let him marinate with the Hershey Bears. Expect to see him as a full time player as early as the beginning of the 2017-18 season.