The NHL ranked Cam Fowler (D) third amongst the top
prospects, but after the top five picks had been made, many media members began
mumbling about why he hadn’t been picked yet. After the top 10, the mumblings
grew into rumblings as everyone wondered why he was still available.
But Cam didn’t have to wait too much longer. The Anaheim
Ducks, who recently just found out that their captain and first-line
defenseman, Scott Niedermayer, was retiring after 18 seasons in the NHL, picked
Fowler in an effort to rebuild their defense.
Fowler, who is known as an offensive defenseman, claims to
have modeled his own style of play after Niedermayer’s, was honored when the
former Duck greeted him on stage. “He just said ‘congratulations,’ and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s Scott Niedermayer,’ and I just kind of blacked out from
As far as landing in Anaheim goes, Fowler is pretty excited.
“Oh it’s beautiful! Certainly no complaints from me,” the Michigan native said
of the Southern California weather. Along with a few other prospects, Fowler
got to participate in batting at Angels stadium — right across the street from
the Honda Center.
“I didn’t even have an interview with them, but I have
connections here,” he said when asked if he knew Anaheim was interested in him.
He added, “I went to a camp one time in Anaheim with coach
Newell Brown (an assistant coach for the Ducks) and stayed at his house for a week and developed a great
relationship with them.”
Fowler had spent most of his career playing for the U.S. national team development program, switched to the OHL earlier this past
season, playing for the Windsor Spitfires, joining other top prospect Taylor
Hall, who was drafted at #1.
Fowler played in 55 games for the spitfires and had eight goals,
47 assists, and 14 PIM.
“We got lucky that a bunch of teams were looking for
forwards. It was something that we never thought was possible,” Ducks General
Manager, Bob Murray, expressed on the luck of being able to take Fowler as the 12th
Jack Campbell (G), who was picked 11th by the Dallas
Stars stated, “The Ducks just got a franchise defenseman!”