Drayson Bowman
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Drayson Bowman

Hometown:

Littleton Colorado

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-03-08

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

3rd round (72nd overall), 2007

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-2005: Scored 29 goals with 30 assists and 108 PIM for the Kimberley Dynamiters of the KIJHL. Appeared in 4 games with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL with no points or penalty minutes.

2005-06: Played first full season with Spokane, scoring 17 goals with 17 assists and 51 PIM in 72 regular season games.

2006-07: In 61 games, Bowman scored 24 goals and 19 assists for a Chiefs team that made its first playoff appearance in three years. In six playoff games with the Chiefs, he scored 2 goals, both on the power play, with 5 assists and 4 PIM.

2007-08: Impressed Carolina brass, particularly with his shot, in his time in the Hurricanes pre-season camp before returning to juniors. Bowman stormed out of the gate for Spokane and was among the WHL’s scoring leaders. While his pace slowed somewhat, he still finished the season with 42 goals and 40 assists in 66 regular season games with a plus/minus rating of +32. In Spokane’s run to the Memorial Cup, Bowman continued his scoring spree finishing with 11 goals and 9 assists and +5. He was especially effective on the power play, scoring six times.

2008-09: Again attended camp with the Hurricanes before returning to juniors. Again led the Chiefs in scoring with 47 goals and 36 assists in 62 regular season games despite accumulating career-high 107 penalty minutes as opponents frequently attempted to take him off his game. Though the Chiefs failed to repeat as champions, Bowman did his part in the playoffs with 8 goals and 5 assists in 12 games. The powers-that-be at USA hockey finally recognized Bowman for his efforts, selecting him for Team USA for the WJC. While the United States struggled in the tournament, Bowman held his own, scoring 3 goals with an assist and 6 PIM in six games.

2009-10: Bowman spent the majority of his first pro season with Albany in the AHL and had the growing pains typical of many  players making the jump from juniors. In addition to some nagging injuries, Bowman’s development was up-and-down at times as goals did not come as frequently as they did as a junior and he sometimes struggled recognizing situations away from the puck. In 56 games with the River Rats, he scored 17 goals with 15 assists but was an alarming -19. He was particularly effective on the power play, scoring seven times. Bowman made his NHL debut late in the season, appearing in 8 games with the Hurricanes, highlighted by a two-goal game in Carolina’s 8-5 win over the Lightning on April 6th.

2010-11: Bowman saw a bit more NHL action in his second season of pro hockey, opening the season with the Hurricanes and then joining them for the stretch run after spending most of the season with AHL Charlotte. Bowman appeared in eight games and had no points with 6 PMs before being sent down in November. He was re-called in March and finished the NHL season with Carolina. In 23 NHL games he had 1 assists and was an even plus/minus with 12 PMs. Bowman played a significant offensive role with Charlotte, scoring 12 goals with 18 assists and was -3 with 53 PMs in 51 games. In 15 playoff games, he scored 2 goals with 6 assists and was -6 with 6 PMs.

Talent Analysis

Bowman is a speedy forward with offensive upside. His calling card is his lethal shot, which he does not hesitate to use, and a hunger for scoring goals. Bowman must work to become a more complete player in all phases of the game and add the bulk necessary to handle the nightly physical battles. Likes to compete in the physical part of the game but should avoid retaliatory penalties.

Future

Bowman will compete for a spot with the Hurricanes this season. With the offensive skill set required to be a dangerous goal scorer, Bowman now must develop the supplementary parts of his game and continue to develop physically. Long range, he projects as a top six forward who will put up consistent offensive numbers. At this point, he is still a work in progress.