Bowey was recalled from AHL Hershey on Saturday. The Capitals placed Matt Niskanen on long-term injured reserve in a corresponding move, which cleared up a spot for Bowey, the team's 2013 second-round (53rd overall) draft selection. The Mantiboa native is someone to watch, as he is a slick-passing rearguard with plenty of point potential.
Bowey was not on the Capitals' roster after Tuesday's 5 PM deadline, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Bowey was the only waiver-exempt defenseman still on the roster as of Tuesday afternoon, so it was always a possibility that he would be sent down to AHL Hershey to help the Capitals get down to the league-mandated roster size. The 22-year-old blueliner impressed the coaching staff during the preseason and has solid puck-moving skills that the Capitals need after losing Kevin Shattenkirk and Nate Schmidt over the summer, so don't be surprised if this move is merely a temporary clerical necessity for salary-cap reasons.
Bowey posted a power-play assist in Wednesday's 4-2 preseason win over Montreal. A second-round pick from the 2013 NHL Draft, Bowey manned the top power-play unit alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov in his preseason debut and logged a team-high 22:05 of ice time. The offseason departures of Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk and Nate Schmidt have opened the door for the 22-year-old defenseman to crack NHL ranks on a full-time basis, and Wednesday's performance will certainly help his cause. His fantasy value will remain fairly limited until his role increases, but he holds enough value and upside to be worth a look in deeper leagues.
Bowey has a chance to make the Capitals roster out of training camp this fall, CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "There's a spot there for him," AHL Hershey head coach Troy Mann said. "He's a right-shot D with size, and can move the puck. So I wouldn't be shy about saying that if he has a great training camp, you could see him cracking the lineup." A lacerated ankle that Bowey sustained last December is said to have curtailed his production down the stretch for the AHL's Bears, but the two-way phenom managed .41 points per game during the regular season, as well as a four-point total over 10 games in the Calder Cup playoffs. The 22-year-old was acquired by the Caps with a second-round (53th overall) selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Bowey (upper body) was cut from the Capitals' training camp roster Monday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Bowey looked good during the preseason, but with the World Cup cohort now back and a deep defense corps on the Capitals depth chart, the second-round pick from the 2013 NHL Draft will begin the season with AHL Hershey. Bowey is worth keeping an eye on in dynasty formats moving forward, but shouldn't be on the fantasy radar in most leagues for 2016-17.
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