It is pretty hard to project how a player will perform in the future because it is entirely based on speculation. IMO he has the potential to be a Pronger/ Chara/ Weber type. It would be great if he ever reaches that potential, but at this point he still has quite a way to go. He could be our number 2 d man as soon as next season and down the road he may end up being our number 1 d man.
how's his release and his ability to get it on net consistently? is it offensive-defenceman calibre?
don't get me wrong, i'm very high on the kid. but i think we're kidding ourselves if we're projecting him for 35-40+ pts.
His skills aren't done in improving and he did quite well getting the puck on net last year all considering. When you have a guy his size you've gotta let it play out and see what happens to his coordination as time goes along. I wouldn't make projections like that but there wer times last where he looked like he could put up more than people expected.
If you projected Cowen to be Karlsson's partner long term then that projection of 35-40 pts + is plausible. I see offensive flare from Cowen. For someone his size he sure loves to jump into the play a lot and he can read plays pretty well. However by doing so he usually gets out of position which makes him struggle to defend due to his foot speed.
Does he have the skills to get that many points? Absolutely. Will he? That is up in the air and will be decided by how much he forfeits his offense to tweak his defensive side of the game
Cowen will be on Karlsson's left side... will be score a lot of points this season? Doubtful because he will likely play a defensive role. Will Cowen eventually pick up points? I believe so... he has all the tools to create offense while being defensively responsible, kind of like Chara with more skating upside.