Cam Fowler is a member of the rising group of young blue liners in this league that has superstar potential. The Anaheim Ducks defenseman already boasts a pretty impressive resume in his brief time in the league. But something is different about the 21-year-old defenseman this year.
He’s not putting up points. In his first season at the NHL level, back in 2010-2011, Fowler put up 40 points. Last season, he had 29. He had a combined 34 points on the power play in those two seasons combined. This season, he hasn’t found his way into the box score nearly as much.
In fact, he’s been almost entirely invisible on the stat sheet. Fowler only seven points on the season. All seven of those are assists and only three have come with the Ducks on the man advantage. That low total comes despite playing in 32 of the Ducks’ 41 games this season.
So what’s the deal? It’s not that Fowler is playing poorly, he just isn’t putting up the points from the blue line that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing from him in his first two seasons in the league. The first is the fact that he’s not playing next to Francois Beauchemin on the top pairing this year.
Instead, it’s been Sheldon Souray logging the minutes and reaping the benefits of playing next to a Norris Trophy contender. That has knocked Fowler from over 23 minutes per game at even strength, and nearly four on the power play, last year to just barely over 20 per game this year.
Playing on the second pairing has certainly affected Fowler’s ability to put the points on the stat sheet. But it hasn’t made him any less of an important piece to this Ducks team. His minus-7 is actually the best of his career. He’s still a key player for the Ducks heading into the postseason, even if he doesn’t have the points to show for it.