Under the Radar: CAR Rookie Bowman
(3/18/12) Drayson Bowman is a name that many fantasy hockey fans may not know, thanks in large part to the fact that he plays for a losing team in Carolina. However, in his second part-time season, Bowman is carving out a niche, and Saturday he had his best game of the season - scoring 2 goals and assisting on another in the Hurricanes' 5-3 irrelevant win over the Minnesota Wild. Bowman has played 29 games with the big club this season and now has 5 goals and 11 points, after putting up 22 points in 35 games with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).
He was drafted 72nd overall in 2007 and put up back-to-back 80+ point seasons (in 66 and 62 games) with Spokane (WHL), before moving up to the AHL where he has played 2 and a half full seasons. He picked up the PIMs in his WHL days, but he hasn't displayed that side of his game since.
The current breakthrough may appear to be a long time coming, but remember: most fantasy prospects do not come straight from their draft to the NHL. Going forward, Bowman is worth keeping tabs on, especially if he wins a regular spot at camp in 2012-13; however, he no longer qualifies for rookie status.
Additional rookie note: Louis Leblanc (MTL) scored his 4th goal and 9th point in 33 games this season. He was called up to help when Desharnais was injured, but appears to be sticking around for the time being. Leblanc was drafted 18th overall in 2009 and was better than a point/game in his only QMJHL season.