Madison Bowey
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Madison Bowey

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1995-04-22

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

2nd round (53rd overall), 2013

Weight:

194 lbs.

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History

2009-10: Madison Bowey played for the Winnipeg Monarchs City Midget team as a 14-year-old. In 29 games he scored 16 goals with 53 assists and had 74 penalty minutes. Bowey was selected by Kelowna in the second round (23rd overall) of the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: Bowey appeared in four WHL games for Kelowna, including one playoff game, and played 41 games for the Winnipeg Wild in the Manitoba Midget Hockey League. He had 1 assist and was plus-two with 4 penalty minutes for the Rockets and scored 16 goals with 22 goals, recording 35 penalty minutes, in MMHL play for Winnipeg. The Wild finished second behind the cross-town rival Thrashers and lost in the playoff semifinals. In six playoff games Bowey scored 2 goals with 10 penalty minutes. He played for Team Manitoba in the 2011 Canada Winter Games and scored 2 goals with 4 assists and had 8 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Bowey played 57 games for Kelowna in his first full WHL season and skated for Canada Western in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He scored 8 goals with 13 assists and was plus-three with 39 penalty minutes with the Rockets. Kelowna finished third in the B.C. Division and Bowey scored 1 goal, finishing minus-one with 4 penalty minutes, in the four game playoff series with Portand. In five games for Canada Western at the WHC he scored 1 goal and had 6 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Bowey was part of a strong defense corps that led Kelowna to a first-place finish in the WHL’s B.C. Division and won a pair of gold medals skating for Canada’s U18 team in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August and in the 2013 World Junior Championship. He was plus-41, scoring 12 goals with 18 assists, and had 75 penalty minutes in 69 regular season games for the Rockets. Kelowna reached the second round in the playoffs and Bowey had 4 assists, finishing minus-three with 14 penalty minutes, in 11 playoff games. He had 1 assist with 6 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and was plus-three with 2 goals, 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes in seven games at the 2013 U18 WJC in Sochi. Bowey was ranked 32nd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Washington in the second round (53rd overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

2013-14: Bowey was the eighth leading scorer amongst WHL defensemen with 60 points, one point behind Kelowna teammate Damon Severson (New Jersey), in his third season with the Rockets. A team captain, he scored 21 goals with 39 assists and was +44 with 93 penalty minutes in 72 games. The Rockets finished first in the B.C. Division and advanced to the Western Conference finals before falling to U.S. Division champion Portland. Bowey scored 5 goals with 9 assists and was +8 with 14 penalty minutes in 14 playoff games. Bowey signed a three-year entry-level contract with Washington in April 2014. 

Talent Analysis

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.

Future

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.

2013 U18 WJC Video: Madison Bowey, Canada

by Chapin Landvogt
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Madison Bowey - Team Orr

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman Madsion Bowey, shown here taking part in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game, has been an effective performer for Canada at the 2013 U18 WJC (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

When it comes to competing for gold at the U18 World Junior Championship, perhaps Canada should lobby to have the tournament in Russia every year. Russian ice has been kind to the Canadians at this tournament as Canada has won gold the two most recent times the U18 has been held in Russia.

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