Around the NHL: Part IX: The Playoff Push
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03-17-2011, 12:01 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
I went to the Avalanche- Ducks game in Denver last friday, and payed very close attention to Fowler. His poise in the neutral and offensive zone is amazing, he's a perfect passer and his skating allows him to get the puck to the forwards very quickly. He isn't a threat on the power play I thought he'd be at this point, but he's still solid.
Defensively he is so much worse then MDZ it's ridiculous. The crazy thing about Fowler pre draft was my limited viewing of him was during the WJC, where he was a stud defensively, and unimpressive offensively. I knew he would put up points in the NHL, but I didn't expect the switch to be so abrupt. He coughs the puck up every shift, and is a disaster whenever anyone forechecks him. Luckily for the Ducks, Fowler has a lot of improve on in the strength department, and his skating and passing ability will prevent him from ever being a train wreck in his own zone during his career like he is now.
I'd still love him on the Rangers, he'll be a good one.
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