CAPITALS GET GOOD NEWS IN MIDST OF THROWN AWAY SEASONPosted on April 04, 2014 by Charley Miller
The DC hockey community has been wary of this Capitals team all season, but after Tuesday's 5-0 bloodletting at the Verizon Center, the flood gates of vitriol are wide open. (My favorite bit of venom came from @JapersRink this morning: "It's a train-wreck, and the train was carrying tires which are now on fire.")
A rare and refreshing bit of good news convinced me to take a day off from the hate-fest; top defensive prospect Madison Bowey agreed to a 3-year entry level contract with the Capitals. The Kuznetsov saga drew much of the attention away from other Caps prospects, but I've had my eye on Bowey for a while, and I'm genuinely excited to see him in the home red. All indications are that he's going to be a big help to the Caps' blue line, a unit that desperately needs it.
As Talk The Red's Chris Cerullo noted in his 3-part round-up of the Capitals' prospects, Bowey was a 2012 2nd round pick, 53 overall, and has done nothing but impress since. Here are some of the many glowing reviews of his talent from around the web:
"Bowey has been a force for the Kelowna Rockets and he will return to the team for 2013-14 in what should be his final year. Moving forward Bowey has the makings of a good solid top-four defenseman." ()
Today's RMNB write-up of the signing pointed out how impressive Bowey's 21 goal, 60 point season for Kelowna is:
This season, serving as team captain, he scored 21 goals and 60 points, breaking the club records for goals by a defenseman earlier held by the Colorado Avalanche's Tyson Barrie and recording the third-best season in points by a blueliner. What makes Bowey's achievement more impressive is the list of the Rockets defensemen he has surpassed (in single season goals and points): Tyler Myers, Alex Edler, Shea Weber, and Duncan Keith, among others.
Madison Bowey can't help these Capitals qualify for the playoffs, and thinking about more 'potential' is the last thing many Caps fans want to do right now. But when the dust settles (or the "tire fire" is extinguished), today's signing is going to make the future of the Capitals beleaguered blue line much brighter.