Bowey ready, excited for new opportunity with Red Wings
New Red Wing Madison Bowey says it feels like “I’ve been drafted again by a team that wants to develop me and wants to work with me and turn me into a great NHL player.”
Madison Bowey feels like he has been drafted all over again.
The 23-year-old defenseman, whom the Red Wings acquired from the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on Friday for defenseman Nick Jensen, skated with his new teammates for the first time during Saturday’s practice.
(Detroit also picked up a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL draft while giving up a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.)
The 6-2, 198-pound Bowey had not been able to secure a regular spot in Washington’s lineup, playing a combined 84 games this season and last. He has a goal and 17 assists and an even plus-minus rating in those games, including a goal and six points and plus-3 in 33 games in 2018-19.
The Red Wings are familiar with Bowey, a native of Winnipeg who played his Junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. While they did not draft him in 2013 – the Capitals took him in the second round with the 53rd overall pick – Detroit liked him, according to general manager Ken Holland. And now the organization thinks it can help Bowey reach his full potential.
“We felt it was an opportunity to grab a young defenseman and see if we can spend some time with him and turn him into a regular NHL defender for us here in Detroit,” Holland said.
Bowey is excited to be with a team that has a definite plan for him.
“Kind of feels like I’ve been drafted again by a team that wants to develop me and wants to work with me and turn me into a great NHL player,” he said.
What kind of player is that? Holland says it depends.
“When you play professional hockey (as a defenseman), do you run a power play or do you kill a penalty?” Holland asked. “Is he going to be a guy that comes in here and puts up offense, or do we have to get him to focus on killing penalties and the defensive side of the puck?”
Bowey, like Jensen a right-handed shot, said he is most effective emphasizing defense.
“I think just going back to playing my game, playing with confidence, being a hard guy to play against in the defensive zone,” Bowey said of his approach. “I think this year when I’ve played my best is when I’ve been hard to play against and physical. And also to bring a little offense when I have the opportunity.”
Both Holland and coach Jeff Blashill said that Bowey would make his Red Wings debut when he is comfortable enough with the team’s systems. That could be Sunday, when Detroit hosts the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena at 3 p.m., or Tuesday night when the Wings host the Montreal Canadiens.
Bowey said he knows fellow defenseman Mike Green a little from training camp in Green’s last season with the Capitals (2014-15) and Jacob de la Rose a bit from playing in the AHL.
He said he’s “happy to be here and can’t wait to get playing (with) obviously, a good organization. I can’t wait.”