Is Madison Bowey ready for a full-time job with the Washington Capitals? He is one of several young players from last season who the Caps are considering for a permanent roster spot in the 2018/19 season. At 23, the right-handed defenseman could bring the balance to the bottom defense pairs, depending on who Todd Reirden lines up as his partner.
Bowey is still considered a developmental player in many regards. However, the Capitals are banking on their younger players to mature enough to keep them winning over the long haul. The Capitals signed him to a new contract for two-years. During his time with the Hershey Bears he developed a reputation as a two-way player who created opportunities for teammates to score while notching a few goals on the board for himself.
In October defenseman Matt Niskanen, was placed on long-term injury reserve. Enter Madison Bowey. The defenseman from Hershey played his first NHL game on 14 October 2017 as a fill in for Niskanen. By the end of the regular season Bowey played in 51 games for the Caps. He recorded 12 points – all assists. And he ended with a -3, which for some might indicate that he isn’t fully doing his job as a D when on the ice. On balance though, he was on the ice when quite a few goals were scored and it is likely that general manager Brian MacLellan and coach Todd Reirden believe more in the player he can be after so many games in the NHL than they do in the mistakes he made in his first year.
During the course of the season Madison also played nine games for the Hershey Bears. He logged two goals and six assists when playing in Pennsylvania. In the previous season (2016/17) he played 34 games with three goals and 11 assists and in the 2015/16 with 70 games played he recorded four goals and 25 assists. A good start for a developing player in the AHL. His first year in the AHL he had a +22. Again, showing the potential that the Capitals hope will translate into higher performance stats in the NHL.
In October we said that 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.” He had the full advantage learning from a seasoned player in Brooks Orpik, who will return this upcoming season primarily to assist with the younger defensemen. With Orpik whispering in his ear – Bowey could step up his game in the coming season. It is likely that Bowey will be paired with left-hand Christian Djoos