Tracking the Storm

Bowman Showing More Confidence in Second Stint with Canes

Friday, 03.18.2011 / 12:53 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Bowman Showing More Confidence in Second Stint with Canes
In his second tour of duty with the Carolina Hurricanes this season, Drayson Bowman has impressed with his increased confidence level and offensive awareness with the puck.

Michael Smith
Bowman began the season with the Hurricanes, traveling with the team overseas and on its extended West Coast trip. At the end of that eight-game stint, however, his minutes dropped to a season-low 4:37 against Washington on Oct. 27.

He was shortly thereafter assigned to Charlotte, where he made an immediate offensive impact. Looking for that same result, the Canes recalled him on March 10. Since then, Bowman has exuded a more complete offensive game not as evident earlier in the season.

“Seems like I’m more confident,” he said. “Being here kind of gives you a certain confidence, and I want to keep building on that.”

His play hasn’t been overlooked by the Canes’ coaching staff, which has rewarded the 22-year-old forward with enhanced minutes. On Wednesday night, Bowman had 11:30 of ice time, which included power-play time and three shifts in the third period with Eric Staal on the top line.

“It was fun,” Bowman said of playing with Staal. “Playing more minutes, I got a better feel for the flow of the game and tried to show what I can do with the puck on the offensive side.”

“I think his play earned him the right to be on the power play,” coach Paul Maurice said. “The power play was good and confidence comes with that.”

Bowman’s power-play line with Brandon Sutter and Chad LaRose netted the team’s first goal on the man-advantage in 29 tries. Before LaRose’s deflection goal, Bowman had a backhand chance in the slot that forced James Reimer to make a good save.

“We had some good chances, and it was good for me to get out there in that situation,” Bowman said. “It’s something I played a lot in juniors and minors, so it felt good.”

Bowman pointed to what he worked on in Charlotte – dominating the game more by shooting the puck and using his speed – as a reason for his increased level of play thus far with the Canes.

That burst of speed and individual effort was on display on Wednesday night in the third period when Bowman weaved his way around a Toronto defender, but the shot missed the net.

Like the rest of the Canes’ offense, though, it seems his chances are on the brink of becoming goals. Even though Bowman is scoreless in 12 total games this season with the Canes, he totaled 30 points (12g, 18a) in Charlotte.

“In one year’s time, his skating stride and his strength has improved greatly,” Maurice said. “I think it’s just a matter of time before he scores fairly consistently in this league.”

Against the visiting Islanders tonight, Bowman doesn’t expect to change much in his game. And if Wednesday night is any indication, he might see more playing time at even strength and on the power play.

“I’m just going to do the same thing,” he said. “Just trying to build on the confidence, and maybe shoot one in the net.”


SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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