The NHL world was abuzz on Sunday evening when the Colorado Avalanche pulled off a blockbuster trade involving forward Matt Duchene.
Duchene was traded from Colorado to the Ottawa Senators. Meanwhile, the Senators sent former Wisconsin forward Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators. In return, the Predators sent Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, and a 2nd round pick to Colorado, and the Senators sent former Bowling Green goalie Andrew Hammond, the rights to current Boston University freshman Shane Bowers, and a first and third round draft pick to Colorado.
Bowers was a first round selection of the Senators, 28th overall, in last summer’s NHL Draft. He got off to a quick start with the Terriers, scoring four goals in his first three games, but has been held quiet since, tallying no goals and just two assists in his last seven games, for a Terriers team that is struggling to live up to expectations.
Bowers has been centering Boston University’s second line, spending significant time playing with Brady Tkachuk, a projected top pick in next year’s Draft, and Patrick Harper. He’s a reliable two-way player with good skating that is capable of playing a physical game.
At the NHL level, he projects as a good second line center that now, could be a key piece in Colorado’s rebuilding effort.