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Bowman Looks to Continue Scoring Ways

Thursday, 11.3.2011 / 2:29 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Bowman Looks to Continue Scoring Ways

Drayson Bowman was called up from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League on October 1. He was sent down a day later, after the Canes’ final preseason game in Nashville.

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It was a quick recall, one meant to fill the voids left by Chad LaRose and Jussi Jokinen, who were sidelined with minor injuries late in the preseason.

Now a month into the regular season, Bowman has been recalled again. And this time, he has a real chance to make an impression.

“I’m excited,” he said. “Obviously, it’s what you want. Hopefully I can make the most of this opportunity and help the team whatever way I can.”

So far this season, he’s helped the Checkers to the tune of 7 points, which includes a co-team-leading five goals. In 51 games with Charlotte last season, Bowman scored just 12 goals.

“After last year, it’s good to get rewarded with some goals and return to the scoring touch that I had in juniors and through my career and haven’t quite found yet in the pro game,” he said.

But even though he hasn’t been prominent on the score sheet in that fashion, he’s been an effective player. Head coach Paul Maurice noted his strong two-way game when he played in Raleigh last season.

“He’s a guy that can do both,” Maurice said. “He’s scoring at the American League level, but we’ve played him 19-20 games in a more defensive role last year, and he [played] very well.”

Bowman will skate on the fourth line tomorrow night, with Tim Brent centering and Zach Boychuk on the opposite wing. While their numbers in the AHL might not equate to fourth-line play in the NHL, keeping the two kids together has its merits, too.

“We’ve been together for a long time now – 3 or 4 years,” Bowman said. “I know what he is on the ice, and he knows what I do. So it should be comfortable.”

“He’s a smart player, so he doesn’t have to review a whole lot with what we’re doing,” Maurice said.

Bowman has played in 32 games with the Hurricanes, 23 of which were last season. He’d like to top that number this season, and that will start tomorrow.

“I knew what I had to do when I went down there,” Bowman said. “Hopefully I showed them, and that’s why I’m back.”

And from what Maurice has said, based on what Jeff Daniels and Ron Francis have seen, that’s exactly why Bowman got the call.

Good News for Jokinen, Canes

Originally fearing to be without him for at least a month, Jussi Jokinen is now “closer to day-to-day than week-to-week,” according to Maurice. Jokinen had two MRIs last night that revealed his injury to be less serious than once thought.

“It was great news,” Maurice said. “He wasn’t just dealing with one thing – he was sore in a couple of spots. And either one of them, if they were significant, could have been long term.”

Maurice said that Jokinen could be back on the ice skating as early as tomorrow, but said he wouldn’t rush anything.

“He’s feeling a lot better today,” Maurice said. “He came in, and there wasn’t nearly the swelling they had expected.”

Though this could potentially shorten Bowman’s stay, it’s good news for the Canes that they won’t be without their number two in points for too long.

Juggling the Lines in Jokinen’s Absence

Tuomo Ruutu will center Anthony Stewart and Jeff Skinner, a line that first formed in the early days of training camp.

“It gives us some energy and size on that line,” Maurice said of Stewart.

Maurice added Stewart’s minutes could be balanced out with playing Bowman, Boychuk and Brent in his slot if needed.

Jiri Tlusty will tentatively take Jokinen’s spot on the wing on the first power play unit.

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  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
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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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

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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