NHL Draft Prospects: Cam Fowler

In the last few year’s, we’ve seen a boom in prospects coming
from the United States: Patrick Kane, James van Riemsdyk, John Moore, Zach
Bogosian, Colin Wilson and more. However, defenseman Cam Fowler may be the best of them all.

Already being compared to Scott Niedermeyer, Fowler was a key
member of the United States’ gold medal World Junior Championship team this
past year. He is an incredible playmaker and one of the fastest skaters in the
Canadian Hockey League.

“He has good poise with the puck,” says one scout. “He makes
smart reads on the ice, shows good anticipation, is physical when he needs to
be, and has a good point shot.”

Having been brought up through the US National Developmental
program, NHL teams know he has been in good hands. In his second season with
the US-NTDP, he scored 40 points in 47 games, then exploded in his rookie OHL
season, averaging a point per game, scoring 55 points on 47 assists for the
Windsor Spitfires. He hopes to lead them to another Memorial Cup championship
this year.

Fowler
had originally committed to play US College Hockey at Notre Dame when he was
15, then wound up breaking that commitment for a chance to play with Taylor
Hall and possibly win a Memorial Cup.

“Notre
Dame was very good to me,” Fowler said, “And Coach Jackson has been like a
mentor. It was just decided, after a lot of talking and analyzing with my
family and advisors, that the full schedule and competition of junior hockey
was the best avenue for me.”

But that
hasn’t changed the scouts’ opinions of the dominant defenseman.

“Pure,
pure talent,” said another scout of Fowler. “Before this season even
started, I had him with Taylor Hall as the two players guaranteed to go in the
first five overall picks. I think he would have benefited playing for Jackson
in South Bend and it would not have had any effect on his draft ranking.”

Fowler has
incredible speed, as is evident by his performance at the OHL Skills
Competition and the NEXT Testing CHL Prospect game. His foot movement is
dazzling and his ability to keep control of the puck while turning through
defenders is unprecedented in recent draft years. 

Though he is the fifth-ranked player for the draft, one can guarantee that he will be a top-tiered defender for any team for the
next decade and a half.

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