Madison Bowey provides the Washington Capitals with much-needed young talent on the blue line at a second-round price. The 18-year-old defenseman joins the Caps as the No. 53 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, giving further indication that Washington’s growing keener on defense as they move into the future.
Bowey will probably continue to marinate in the WHL — where he currently plays for the Kelowna Rockets of British Columbia — and eventually the AHL before hitting the American pro ice. In the meantime, the 6-1 Winnipeg native has much to hone in his growing game.
Hockey Prospectus ranked Bowey as their 23rd prospect in this class, making Caps general manager George McPhee‘s selection look like a steal.
“Bowey is a gifted defenseman with a lot of upside,” the Hockey Prospectus report notes. “He still has a few kinks in his game, but there are some scouts who rave about him. He is a quality skater, if not high end, with a powerful stride, good balance, four-way bursts, and above-average top speed that enables him to close gaps quickly. He shows a willingness to engage, that along with a solid strength level, can help him erase checks off of pucks effectively.
“He also makes plays as a stick checker. Bowey has very good ability as a puck mover, whether he is rushing the puck out of his own zone, or moving it around on the power play. When he is on his game, his offensive hockey sense can be sterling. He has what one scout describes as a heavy shot from the blue line, adding to his multi-dimensional offensive ability.”