Defenseman Madison Bowey signed a new contract with the Washington Capitals Thursday for an average $1 million for two-years, according to the Capitals. The 23-year old Bowey was provided with a qualifying offer June 25. He became a restricted free agent with the expiration of his previous three-year entry level contract signed in April 2014.
Madison was back and forth this past season, playing for the Capitals and the Hershey Bears. He moved so much it was hard to keep track of which team he was playing with in the franchise. He played his first NHL game on October 14 to fill in for an injured Matt Niskanen. The management took a liking to Bowey during training camp; however, the blue line was pretty full and the Caps did not have a spot for him.
The Capitals played Madison in 51 games during the 2017/18 season, playing his first game October 14, 2017. He recorded 12 points – all assists. Madison only played nine games for the Hershey Bears this past season because of his time in Washington. When home in Hershey he logged two goals and six assists. In the previous season (2016/17) he played 34 games with three goals and 11 assists. He had a very successful season in 2015/16 playing 70 games with four goals and 25 assists. He is the kind of offensive defenseman that the Capitals like and if he has an opportunity to develop consistency in his game, he could become the next John Carlson.
There is little doubt that Madison Bowey will be looking to secure one of the blue line spots this summer during training camp. He will have team mate Christian Djoos as close competition.
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