Ethan Bowen, Chilliwack Chiefs, C (207th Overall)
Brad Senecal: ?
I hate to be vague but it is very difficult for me to rate a 7th round pick, especially one that comes from the BCHL. Bowen has a great opportunity to continue his development playing college hockey as a commit to the University of North Dakota. If he can continue to develop in 3 to 4 years playing in the NCAA, the opportunity could arise for a future in the pros.
Garrett Brown: C-
I couldn’t find much myself on Bowen either. Given that the Anaheim Ducks needed to complete a trade in order to have the chance to select him, I wanted to dig deeper to understand what they saw in him.
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What immediately jumps out is his IQ manifesting in a superb ability to get to open areas. And then, his ability to execute and finish his chances may show some of the reason as to why the Ducks were desperate. He may take a handful of years to develop as well, but that is generally to be expected from 7th-rounders. That being said, there’s still more upside in his game than Sundsvik’s.
Ben Thomasian: C+
To be frank I don’t know much about Bowen other than he’s a power forward who’s developing a defensive edge to his game. He did miss games with a broken wrist last season, which may have impacted his draft stock.
Perhaps the Anaheim Ducks saw something they liked. With next year’s draft considered a bit weaker, trading out of their 7th round pick to pick up one this year seems a reasonable bet. Heading to college next season, so there’s no rush to put him in the Ducks plans in the near future. Can develop into a bottom 6 grinder with some scoring chops.
Ciara Durant: C+
Again, I don’t know much about the player to give an opinion on him. But, he gets extra points if the Anaheim Ducks were willing to trade their 2021 or 2022 7th round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets in order to acquire him now. 7th rounders seldom work out, but maybe we will have a situation a la my favorite former Duck, Ondrej Kase.
The “experts” have weighed in with their opinion. Overall, it looks like the Anaheim Ducks had a pretty good draft. The pieces they acquired will definetly have a big hand in helping set this rebuild on the right course.
Final Grade: B
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