Fowler suffered an apparent right leg injury in Friday's home clash with the Canadiens, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports. As noted by Stephens, the power-play quarterback was unable to put any weight on the leg. Obviously the Ducks don't want to see any members of their flock in the training room, but the possibility of losing Fowler is particularly tough because he entered this game averaging a whopping 26:14 of ice time through six games. That's over three minutes more than the next highest skater in captain Ryan Getzlaf, who's dealing with a lower-body injury of his own. We expect to learn of Fowler's prognosis this weekend.
Fowler has recorded a goal and an assist with averaging 26:15 of ice time (4:13 on the power play) through the first four games of the season. With Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen both out with shoulder injuries, Fowler has been picking up the slack on the Anaheim blue line. The eight-year veteran is kick-starting another solid showing after posting 11 goals and 39 points in 2016-17. Even when the Ducks' blue line returns to full health, Fowler projects to remain a strong asset in most settings.
Fowler wasn't able to record a point in Sunday's 4-2 preseason defeat to Las Vegas. Even though the 25-year-old didn't capitalize on his 6:29 of power-play time, he still recorded two blocked shots and two shots on goal. Fowler also recorded a team-high 25:56 of ice time, an encouraging sign for the 2017-18 season. Fowler will likely slot into a first-line pairing with Sami Vatanen, and a 40-point year is certainly feasible.
Fowler signed an eight-year contract extension with the Ducks that will net him $6.5 million annually, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. This is a heavy monetary haul for Fowler, whom the Ducks selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The 2017 NHL All-Star will make $2.5 million more per season than in his previous contract with Anaheim. Of course, defensemen come at a premium these days, and some would argue that Fowler deserves every penny after leading the way among Anaheim blueliners with 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists) this past season. Fantasy owners buying into Fowler ahead of the 2017-18 campaign will also appreciate how his ice time has started to climb near the 25-minute mark, which is about as much as you can expect from a man at his position.
Fowler collected two helpers in 25:37 of ice time in Sunday's Game 2 win over the Predators. Fowler has been a machine since returning from injury in Round 2, logging heavy minutes and contributing on offense with seven points through nine games. He's part of a young and lethal defense core that possesses a great balance of offensive and defensive capabilities. Fowler has never surpassed 40 points in his career, but he's a steady producer who makes significant contributions at both ends of the ice.
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