Bowen Byram

Colorado Avalanche
Richmond News

Fantasy Summary

Shifty, creative defender, who skates well and boasts a rocket of a shot. Capable of big minutes and big point totals.

Fantasy Upside 8.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 13, 2001
Height 6‘1”
Weight 195 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 4


July 2020 – Byram will be a member of the Avalanche’s extended roster for the 2020 pandemic-adjusted playoffs. He will likely be there just to gain professional experience and take advantage of the training staff present, but would be a perfectly valid fill-in candidate should injuries occur on the back end over the tournament. Hayden Soboleski

April 2020 – Byram has once again been named a WHL All-Star at the conclusion of his 2019-20 season. Despite a relatively slow start, he finished the campaign with 52 points in 50 games – boosted by a monster month with 24 points in 12 games. When he is at the top of his game, he is easily playing at an NHL level. Due to his age, his only options for 2020-21 (barring an unorthodox Euro-route) are either back to the WHL (which he is too good for) or jump straight to the NHL (where he wouldn’t be overly high on the depth chart depending on who is retained this off-season). It’s hard not to imagine Colorado making room for him on the Avs blueline when hockey does return, but owners should understand the risk is still there. Whether he arrives later this calendar year or the one after that, he remains a top-tier prospect own. Hayden Soboleski


January 2020 – Byram has won gold with Team Canada at the WJC. His play was solid but unspectacular throughout; he put up just 2 points in the tournament but was among the team’s TOI leaders in most games. He may have been able to do more to boost his fantasy stock, but he was also ill for a portion of the tournament which could have been limiting him. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with looking just pretty good on a gold medal team. Hayden Soboleski


December 2019 -Surprising no one, Byram has been invited to the Team Canada WJC Selection Camp. Barring an injury, he figures to be a safe bet for Canada’s top-four (likely top-two) defensive group this winter. He has already impressed in tournament format this year, as he was a bright spot for Team WHL in the CIBC Series last month. This kid continues to do it all – expect a fantasy stock spike after the WJC. Hayden Soboleski


November 2019 – Byram will represent the WHL in the upcoming CIBC CHL/Russia Series, presumably as one of the forefront defenders. He continues to produce potent offense while logging huge minutes with the Giants. Hayden Soboleski


September 2019 – Despite being touted as one of the most NHL-ready prospects of the draft, Byram has been returned to the WHL Giants for the 2019-20 season. This isn’t a knock on the talented blueliner – the Avs just have too many good options on the back end and he isn’t eligible to play in the AHL where he belongs. He showed some typical jitters and rookie mistakes in pre-season, but also showed off the efficient skating that lets him play big minutes. He remains a top fantasy prospect so don’t let this assignment deter you. Hayden Soboleski


July 2019 – Surprising no one, Byram has signed an ELC with the Avalanche. He will push for an NHL role this fall, but the depth may force him back to the WHL for even more seasoning. Hayden Soboleski


June 2019 – As predicted in many mock drafts, the Avalanche selected Bowen Byram with the 4th-overall pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. This was a best-player-available pick, as he will now join an organization with a plethora of top-end young blueliners. He may be ready for limited NHL duties already, but unless something gives on a crowded roster its a safe bet to say he’ll wait until 2020 to join the club. This isn’t a knock on the player – he will become even more dominant and prepare to blow the league away on a future Byram-Makar pairing. Hayden Soboleski


June 2019 – Byram was the first defender to lead the WHL playoffs in scoring. The 17-year-old did all he could to help his team to the league Championship but fell in seven games to Prince Albert. He concluded the post-season with eight goals and 26 points in 22 contests. He was named a WHL First Team All-Star. Byram will be the first defender off of the board this June and has a fighting chance of starting 2019-20 in the NHL. Cam Robinson

June 2019 – Byram was officially measured at 6-foot-0.75 and 195 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

November 2018 – The Vancouver Giants’ defender is off to a terrific start to his draft-eligible campaign. He began the year with a gold medal at the Hlinka U18 tournament where he produced four points in five games. Thus far in the WHL, he’s produced five goals and 14 points in 18 games. The mobile blueliner loves to engage offensively and has the ability to embarrass opposing wingers as he dangles with impunity on the blue line. He owns a big shot but can also saucer it through traffic. A tremendous skater with a big upside. Cam Robinson


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lethbridge Golden Hawks U15 AAA AEHL U15 33 12 15 27 40 | Playoffs 4 1 1 2 10 
 2015-2016 Lethbridge Golden Hawks U15 AAA AEHL U15 34 22 37 59 32 | Playoffs 12 5 7 12 12 
  Team South Alberta Cup 4 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Vancouver Giants WHL 11 0 0 0 8 |          
  Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAA AEHL U18 8 3 5 8 6 |          
  Yale Hockey Academy Prep CSSHL 20 5 24 29 32 | Playoffs 3 1 3 4
  Team Alberta WCCC-16 4 0 1 1 2 |          
 2017-2018 Team Red U17-Dev 3 0 0 0 0 |          
  Vancouver Giants WHL 60 6 21 27 52 | Playoffs 7 3 4 7
  Canada Red U17 WHC-17 6 1 4 5 2 |          
  Canada U18 WJC-18 5 0 1 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 Vancouver Giants WHL 67 26 45 71 80 | Playoffs 22 8 18 26 18 
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 1 3 4 8 |          
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 2 |          
 2019-2020 Vancouver Giants WHL 50 14 38 52 76 |          
  WHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 1 1 2 0 |          
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 0 2 2 0 |