The NHL released an article on the top 21 and under players in the league. Cam Fowler finishes off the list that includes top players such as Steven Stamkos, Jeff Skinner and Taylor Hall. The past few seasons have seen an increased focus on the Entry Draft and on obtaining a top pick. For teams with lower picks, they hope a top player goes unnoticed so that they can steal them away. That is EXACTLY what the Ducks did in the 2010 NHL Draft.
Cam Fowler was projected to be a top 5 pick by almost every NHL writer, yet somehow went unpicked until the Ducks grabbed him with the 12th overall pick. He has since taken on a huge roll, being one of the Ducks top two blue liners.
Are we expecting too much from Cam Fowler?
Fowler had a spectacular debut season, scoring 10 goals and adding 30 helpers. He was the Ducks #2 defenseman, trailing only Visnovsky who had the best season of his career. I expect another great season from Lubo, but what if Visnovsky gets hurt or is playing like garbage? We will immediately turn to Fowler to take on the number one spot. But is he ready?
Although performing admirably, he is still only 19. Some Ducks fans look to Fowler to be our new Scott Neidermayer, which is understandable. Considering Neids is one of the greatest defenseman of all time, that is a lot to put on someone. Having veteran Visnovsky to show Fowler the ropes is a huge bonus. With the addition of experienced Kurtis Foster, Fowler is sure to gain invaluable experience.
The point is, we have some very high expectations for Fowler. I personally think he will live up to our expectations. Watching him play showed insane talent and a ton of promise for the future. We are very lucky to have gotten such a fantastic player.
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