22-Year-Old Defenseman – Washington Capitals
Madison Bowey Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Capitals in April 2014.
Bowey recorded two assists during Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Avalanche.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A former second-round selection by the Capitals in 2013, Bowey could be the next great NHL defenseman to come from the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. With 21 goals and 60 points in 70 games last season, Bowey certainly showed he has the kind of offensive upside from the blue line that scouts drool over. While he may not have the Norris Trophy potential of fellow Kelowna alumni Shea Weber or Duncan Keith, Bowey’s skill set is tremendous, and he has the right coach at the NHL level in Barry Trotz to make the most of his talent. With a crowded blue line ahead of him on the NHL depth chart, the Capitals seem content to let Bowey develop his game at the lower ranks for 2014-2015, but the Manitoban has all the tools to be a top-pairing defenseman at the NHL level.
Bowey is mobile two-way defender who has no major weakness and a decent amount of offensive upside. After a few more years of experience and some minor fine tuning to his game he should have a bright future in Washington. In the meantime this gritty performer will be a fan favorite wherever he plays. Keeper leagues take note.