2009-10: Spent the bulk of the season with Timra's junior team in his native Sweden; scoring 3 goals with 13 assists while racking up 118 minutes in penalty time. Saw limited ice time in eleven games with Timra's Elite League team with no points and a +1 plus/minus. Selected by the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL in the CHL import draft.
2010-11: The big Swede played nearly a full season with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL, although he didn’t score a goal until the first game of the playoffs. A big hitter who likes the rough stuff, Owuya was overmatched at times against WHL fighters but showed a willingness to engage. His 10 assists in 66 regular games was eclipsed by his 6 points in 14 post season games, however there is little hope of the 6”4 blueliner becoming a powerplay quarterback.
Owuya, unlike the stereotype many have of Swedish players, prefers the physical aspects of the game and at 6-3, 200 that type of play suits him well. Owuya is looking forward to playing in the smaller rinks of the WHL this winter where he feels he can better use his physical tools. One of GM Rick Dudley's clear objectives in his first draft with the Thrashers was to make the team bigger and stronger and Owuya fits the bill.
Owuya was not signed by the Jets and is now a free agent.
Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Alex Burmistrov had enough NHL production early in his career to tantalize fans but he may be happier home in Russia (courtesy of Terry Lee/Icon Sportswire)
The 2010 NHL Draft was the final draft for the Atlanta Thrashers organization before their move to Winnipeg. The draft overall was a failure for the organization, with no players selected in the draft on the current Jets roster.