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


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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

Attributes
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

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Lethbridge Golden Hawks U15 AAAAEHL U1533 12 1527 40|Playoffs4 1 12 10 
 2015-2016 Lethbridge Golden Hawks U15 AAAAEHL U1534 22 3759 32|Playoffs12 5 712 12 
  Team South Alberta Cup4 0 00 0|        
 2016-2017 Vancouver GiantsWHL11 0 00 8|        
  Lethbridge Hurricanes U18 AAAAEHL U188 3 58 6|        
  Yale Hockey Academy U18 PrepCSSHL U1820 5 2429 32|Playoffs3 1 34
  Team Alberta WCCC-164 0 11 2|        
 2017-2018 Team Red U17-Dev3 0 00 0|        
  Vancouver GiantsWHL60 6 2127 52|Playoffs7 3 47
  Canada Red U17WHC-176 1 45 2|        
  Canada U18WJC-185 0 11 0|        
 2018-2019 Vancouver GiantsWHL67 26 4571 80|Playoffs22 8 1826 18 
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 1 34 8|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 00 2|        
 2019-2020 Vancouver GiantsWHL50 14 3852 76|        
  WHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 1 12 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 22 0|        
 2020-2021 Colorado AvalancheNHL- - -- -|        

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