Bowey is expected to start out in the NHL with the Red Wings, as opposed to the minors, come Opening Night of the 2019-20 campaign, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. The right-shot defenseman tallied four points in 17 games with the Wings following his trade from the Capitals in late February. Bowey is not exempt from waivers, which is favorable in terms of him lobbying for a roster spot with the parent club right out of the gate.
Bowey recorded a primary assist in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Blues. Bowey has done a nice job asserting himself in a lackluster Detroit offense since his arrival from the Capitals at the trade deadline, compiling a goal and two helpers over nine games. The 2013 second-round (53rd overall) pick will be a restricted free agent after next season, but it's quite conceivable that he'll ultimately be extended since the Wings parted with Nick Jensen -- a hard-working shutdown defender -- in order to pry Bowey away from Washington and clear up some cap room.
Bowey debuted with the Red Wings on Tuesday, posting a minus-3 rating with three empty shots on goal in an 8-1 loss to the Canadiens. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill gave Bowey 16:47 of ice time in his debut, which is a decent amount of rink run for a young defenseman. While it was impressive to see the 23-year-old play so assertively in the attacking zone, Bowey was primarily situated alongside Danny DeKeyser, who had an awful night in his own zone based on a minus-5 rating. As long as Jonathan Ericsson is healthy, Detroit's newcomer could find playing time hard to come by.
Bowey will make his Red Wings debut Tuesday against the Canadiens, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. Bowey was acquired from the Capitals on Friday as part of the Nicklas Jensen trade and will get his first action against division-rival Montreal. The 23-year-old is expected to play on the third defense pairing with Danny DeKeyser, but his fantasy value will remain extremely limited until he can garner more trust and ice time in his new surroundings.
Bowey will likely need several more practices before making his debut with the Red Wings, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Acquired in Friday's deal that sent another defenseman in Nick Jensen to the Capitals, Bowey is settling into his new surroundings and won't play Sunday against the Sharks. You can expect him to compete for playing time with rookie Filip Hronek and enforcer Luke Witkowski, who can also slot in at forward when necessary.
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