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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.”


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81