Monday, October 18, 2010
Cam Fowler: What Brandon Wood Should Have Been.
Last Night, the 18-year-old, 2010 First-Round Draft-Pick, Cam Fowler scored his first NHL goal. Add that to 2 asssists he had previously, and he has already had a pretty productive first six games in his career. Keep in mind that he is a defensemen, so points aren't really his specialty. However, Cam is quite the special player. Going into last nights game, he was averaging 22 minutes a game (a great number for any defensemen, let alone one who cant drink yet).
However, not too long after his second period goal, Fowler was slammed into the boards by way of a cheap shot from veteran Shane Doan. It wasn't Doan's only cheap shot of the night that went unpunished. He also hit forward Dan Sexton in the back of the head with an elbow as the refs were looking the other way. Thankfully, he was suspended three games by the league for his actions last night. In other good news, it was reported that Fowler simply had a broken nose, and that he is probable for Wednesdays game in Columbus.
In the last two seasons, the Ducks had lost Chris Pronger to free agency, and Scott Neidermeyer to retirement. Their blue-line was tapped, and when a few became injured in the pre-season this year, the Ducks even panicked and signed Andreas Lilja from europe. However, with a guy like Fowler, should his career continue to progress the way it has these first six games, this is someone you need to build around. Once Selanne and Koivu retire, and guys like Perry leave for more money in free agency, you will want to have a young nucleus who has plenty of NHL experience. They already have a proven young goal-scorer in Bobby Ryan, now it seems like they have a blue-liner of the future in Cam Fowler.