Scouting Madison Bowey: Plays Tough, Good Wheels


Before the game, Bowey was named player of the month. (Photo credit: Kelowna Rockets)

The Capitals selected defenseman Madison Bowey in the second round of the 2013 draft. The high-scoring defenseman was something of a draft-day dropper, and the Caps seemed pleased to get him when they did.

After getting assigned to the juniors, Bowey started the season hot. He was named his team’s player of the month in September with eight points in six games– seventh among WHL defensemen overall.

On Friday, Bowey’s Kelowna Rockets played the Portland Winterhawks and another of Washington’s defensive prospects, Garrett Haar. The Rockets won 6-2, and both Bowey and Haar had an assist.

I have provided video of Bowey’s play from that game. He is talented.

The Assist

Simple, but effective. While on the power play, Bowey shot it low — as most coaches request. The rebound came all the way out to the left circle, where Devils prospect Myles Bell wristed the puck past Portland’s Brendan Burke.

The Rush

As advertised, Bowey is strong in both ends. Watch for #4 coming all the way from right side of Kelowna’s blueline. He shows some good offensive instincts by filling the open space joining the rush down the middle. The pass didn’t click so Bowey went right back, with enough in tank to prevent Winterhawks from getting an odd-man rush.

The Defense

This is my favourite part. On these two plays, Bowey doesn’t look to just stick-check  or poke the puck away. He takes the body too, leaving opposition no chance to get by him. A strong defensive play that leaves no opportunity for a forward to stay on his feet in possession of the puck.

The Hit

A bit of a mean streak to Bowey’s game. Here he roughs up one of the Portland players late in the game. No call on the play.

The Shot

Bowey’s shot is his best weapon offensively. We’ve seen it on the play that led to the Myles Bell goal; here is another bomb. Good shot, good save.

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  • RESmith

    Bowey’s skating and agility are exceptional and is the element that drives his game. Probably one of the top pure skating D from last summer’s draft class. It is just a matter of how well he makes his reads at the NHL level and speed, but he should turn out to be special.