Thursday, July 31, 2008

Drayson Bowman Signs With Carolina

The Carolina Hurricanes have announced they have come to terms with Drayson Bowman who was their third round pick in 2007. Bowman, 19, has spent the last three years with the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL and winning the WHL Championship and the Memorial Cup last season. Last year he had 42 goals and 40 assists in 66 contests. He also had 11 goals and 9 assists in 21 games in the playoffs.

After a strong start to the season, he wasn't named to Team USA's World Junior team. Starting on Friday he will be in Lake Placid until August 9th for Team USA's Summer Evaluation camp. Team USA will have exhibition games against Sweden and Finland. I can't see USA Hockey not picking him this year. If they don't, they don't want to win.

Colin Bowman is Drayson's younger brother. He plays for the Kelowna Rockets also of the WHL. He was named to USA squad that will head to the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August.

Colin Long also of the Kelowna Rockets, his dad felt the earthquake in California. He's alright. Colin will join Drayson at the Evaluation camp on Friday. He had 31 goals and 69 assists last season and was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes this summer.

Even though Tyson Barrie isn't drafted yet, he's attending Tampa Bay's rookie camp this week. His dad is Len Barrie who just bought the Lighting. With the Kelowna Rockets last year, he had 9 goals and 34 assists in 64 games. Tyson who's a defenseman is pegged as a late first round or early second pick for next year's draft.

That's My Take

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wrap around curl said...

Congrats to Bows!

He was robbed. He should have been on the World Junior Team. I should dig up Bill Peter's quote on it because it's hysterical.

"Dave Schultz" said...

Totally robbed. Good thing they can't ignore him this year. Good to see USA Hockey using his brother too. USA Hockey tends to not like when players choose Major Junior over NCAA.