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Bowman Latest to Earn Opportunity

Friday, 01.15.2010 / 2:25 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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Bowman Latest to Earn Opportunity
It looks as though the Hurricanes will continue to give their young prospects a chance in the big leagues, as the team today recalled Drayson Bowman from Albany of the American Hockey League.

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Bowman, 20, is expected to make his NHL debut at the RBC Center Saturday night against the Atlanta Thrashers. In doing so, he would become the ninth player to suit up for the Hurricanes after starting the season in the minors.  He did not participate in Friday’s limited practice as he had not yet arrived in Raleigh.

To make room for Bowman, who has posted 15 points in his first 27 games as a professional in Albany this season, the Canes reassigned Jerome Samson, who played his first five NHL games over the last week.

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said that the decision had little to do with Samson’s performance and more to do with the team’s overall plan to develop its prospects.

“I’m happy with Jerome’s game, but we don’t want a lot of those young guys running at six, seven minutes for a longer period of time,” said Maurice. “He’ll go back down and get into his 20-minute rotation and we’ll bring Drayson up and give him a chance to play.”

Maurice said he was not sure how much ice time Bowman would receive on Saturday. He did however make it clear that the organization did not recall Bowman solely for the sake of giving him NHL experience. “There’s more than that going on here,” he said. “We’re trying to win these hockey games. Jerome was good and he helped, but we don’t want [our young players] developing into those-kind-of-minute players. We want them playing a lot and staying sharp, and we have good players in the American league that we want to see.

”It’s a function of the injuries as much as anything, because the players that we’re playing are helping us win the games that we have,” he continued. “It’s not a matter of sitting out veteran guys or healthy players to play the kids.”

Of all the prospects in the Hurricanes system, Bowman is arguably the best natural goal scorer. In his final two years of junior hockey with Spokane of the Western Hockey League, he scored 89 goals in 128 regular-season games. Here’s what Director of Amateur Scouting Tony MacDonald had to say about that in our “Prospect Profile” series from last season:

He knows how to put the puck in the net and how to make himself available to get the puck. It’s tough to find people that score goals in significant numbers today. A 20-goal scorer in the NHL today is a pretty productive number, and hopefully he’s a guy that we can project to do more than that down the road.

The full article containing that excerpt can be found here.

While Bowman will more than likely enter the lineup without any problems, Maurice said today that there is a possibility of Sergei Samsonov returning from a six-game absence. If that were to occur, the team would need to make one player a healthy scratch, although Maurice acknowledged that Samsonov had a much better chance of returning Monday against Tampa Bay.

In other injury news, Maurice said that Erik Cole and Chad LaRose “are still not ready,” although they practiced again today. Joe Corvo also took the ice and continues to progress nicely.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72