Shane Bowers

Colorado Avalanche
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Fantasy Summary

Smart, fast centerman who can be dangerous from anywhere


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth July 30, 1999
Height 6‘2”
Weight 187 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 1; Overall: 28

Observations

June 2019 – In eight AHL contests (four regular season, four playoffs), Bowers managed just a single assist. Not exactly a big splash, but he had flashes of offensive dominance and was being used on the powerplay. This bodes well for his first full pro season in 2019-20, which will likely be spent entirely with the Eagles. Hayden Soboleski

 

March 2019 – Bowers’ NCAA career has ended as he signed his ELC with the Avalanche this week. His production took a big hit in his final collegiate year (only 21 points in 31 games), so despite being a complete player his fantasy upside is in question. He will play for the AHL Eagles for the remainder of 2019-20, where we can better gauge his pro-readiness. Hayden Soboleski

 

January 2019 – Although Canada did not fare well at the WJCs, Bowers’ play was a positive note. He received a prominent penalty-killing role and served it very well. He was also one of the forwards put out in the final minutes of most games (although that didn’t go well in the Quarterfinal loss). Despite the lack of points, this was a good showing for Bowers, who proved he can serve a bottom-six role well if he can’t step straight into the top-six. Hayden Soboleski

 

December 2018 – Bowers has made Team Canada for the upcoming WJCs. He is currently projected to play center in the bottom-six, but he is a versatile player who will thrive in whatever role he is given. After a slow start in college, this is a perfect chance for him to prove he can still put up points when he has equally talented linemates. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2018 – Losing his gifted winger Tkachuk to  the NHL has hurt Bowers’ stat line in the NCAA. Through 13 games so far he has managed only 5 points. That being said, he is shooting the puck at an enormous rate (over 3 per game) and has an unsustainably low shot%, so he’s due for a boost soon. It’s disappointing that he isn’t carrying a line by himself, but he remains a scoring threat. Likely to turn pro after this year, and that transition will tell us the real story. Hold onto him for now. Hayden Soboleski

 

May 2018 – Bowers made the Avs look very, very smart after acquiring him. He ended up being a perfect partner for Brady Tkachuk, and the pair had championship NCAA campaigns. Bowers was named to the All-Rookie Team after scoring 17 goals and 15 assists in 40 games played. He proved dangerous all around the net, able to shoot from anywhere. Another season like this one and he could prove to be one of the top offensive prospects in Colorado’s system. Hayden Soboleski

 

November 2017 – Bowers has been dealt to Colorado as part of the Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris blockbuster. Ottawa’s first-round pick from 2017 has had a strong start to his NCAA career, putting up four goals and two assists in ten games so far with Boston University. This trade doesn’t affect his timeline – he will likely stay with BU for several seasons before turning pro. He is certainly worth keeping an eye on. Hayden Soboleski

 

June 2017 – Selected by the Senators 28th overall, Bowers is considered a “safe” pick, if there even is such a thing when drafting 18 year-olds, but with two high end centres already in the pipeline , Sens management probably decided to go with a perceived lower risk selection. He’ll likely never post eye-popping offensive numbers but is a smart player with excellent puck possession skills. Think of him as a poor mans Patrice Bergeron. In the off season he trains with the likes of Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon who serve as some pretty excellent examples to learn from. Despite being drafted fourth overall in the 2015 QMJHL draft by the Cape Breton Eagles, and again by Saint John in the 2016 draft in the second round, Bowers has chosen to go the US college route where he’ll marinate for probably two-three years at Boston University beginning in the fall. Brad Phillips

 

June 2017 – In two USHL Waterloo campaigns, Bowers proved a hard worker who excels in all zones with explosive speed that creates quick separation from defenders. Willing to play tough in the corners and down low, it takes more than most opponents have to knock him off the puck. Shows impressive hockey smarts and a gritty defensive game that accents his effective all-around play. Deadly around the net and adept at setting up teammates with quality passes. The 17-year-old Halifax native had 22 goals and 29 assists in all 60 Black Hawk games, far outpacing his 56-game USHL totals (15 G, 18 A) of 2015-16. His shots-per-game average also rose dramatically to 2.70 from last year’s 1.96. Committed to Boston University, the 6-0, 170-pound center projects as a mid- to late-first-round entry draft pick. His first-place finish at the NHL Combine in aerobic endurance on the bicycle could help further raise his stock. Central Scouting’s Final Rankings placed Bowers 16th among North American skaters. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Halifax Gulls Major Bantam NSMBHL 31 21 18 39 0 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Halifax Gulls Major Bantam NS Bantam Prov. 6 1 0 1 2 |          
  Team Nova Scotia U14 (ACC) ACC-U14 4 2 6 8 4 |          
 2013-2014 Halifax Gulls Major Bantam NSMBHL 33 33 36 69 22 | Playoffs 2 2 1 3
  Team Nova Scotia U15 (ACC) ACC-U15 4 3 2 5 0 |          
  Halifax Gulls Major Bantam NS Bantam Prov. 6 5 8 13 2 |          
 2014-2015 Team Nova Scotia CWG 6 4 2 6 2 |          
  Halifax McDonald's NSMMHL 34 23 29 52 24 | Playoffs 17 15 18 33 14 
  Team Nova Scotia QGC-16 5 4 7 11 4 |          
 2015-2016 Team Blue U17-Dev 3 1 3 4 0 |          
  Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 56 15 18 33 16 | Playoffs 9 0 2 2
  Canada Black U17 WHC-17 5 0 0 0 0 |          
 2016-2017 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 60 22 29 51 20 | Playoffs 6 2 1 3
  Canada U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 4 1 0 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Boston Univ. NCAA 40 17 15 32 14 |          
 2018-2019 Boston Univ. NCAA 37 11 10 21 25 |          
  Colorado Eagles AHL 4 0 0 0 2 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
  Canada U20 WJC-20 5 0 2 2 2 |          
 2019-2020 Colorado Eagles AHL - - - - - |          

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