Early Saturday morning, the Capitals recalled Madison Bowey from Hershey after the team announced that Matt Niskanen is week-to-week with an upper-body injury he sustained in the Capitals’ 5-2 win at the New Jersey Devils on Friday. He got placed on long-term injured reserve. Bowey will likely be in the Capitals lineup and make his NHL debut on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers.
While the Caps say Niskanen is week-to-week, placing him on LTIR means he a minimum of 10 games over 24 days.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 14, 2017
Last season, Bowey scored 3 goals and had 14 points in 43 games. He missed a significant amount of time due to injury. In the previous year, Bowey led all Bears’ defensemen with 25 assists and 29 points and won the award for the best +/- on the team and the best defenseman in Hershey that year.
The Capitals drafted Bowey with their second-round pick in 2015 after scoring 58 goals and 172 points with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets during his two-year tenure there. Bowey won the World Junior Championship with Canada in 2015 as well as the WHL championship. He was also a first-team All-Star with the WHL.
After having an impressive training camp with the Capitals, he didn’t make the team due to waivers eligibility. Christian Djoos, who was third in the AHL in points by defensemen (58), and Aaron Ness, who had another strong preseason showing, both had the advantage of having waivers required. Bowey was waiver exempt. That won’t be the case next year, as he is a restricted free agent after 2017-18.
In three preseason games with the Capitals, he was strong with an assist, nine blocked shots, five hits, one takeaway, and only three giveaways. He averaged 22:01 worth of ice times per game, including 17:17 at even strength. He averaged 1:37 on the power play per game and 3:08 on the penalty kill per night.
By Harrison Brown