Howden, 20, who was dealt from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Rangers as a part of the Ryan McDonagh deal at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline has found his groove. Cracking New York’s roster out of training camp was the first step towards a successful 2018-19 NHL campaign. Scoring his first goal was the next.
Howden’s first NHL tally came in his second game, October 6th in Buffalo. Two games later he found himself lighting the lamp once again, while putting together three points in his first four contests in The Show. Now through 17 career games, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound centreman has four goals and 10 points to go along with four penalty minutes, two power play assists and a 20 percent shooting success rate.
The former Moose Jaw Warriors’ captain struck again Monday evening at home. With just under nine minutes to go in a 1-1 hockey game against fellow rookie Elias Pettersson and the visiting Vancouver Canucks, Howden jumped on a loose puck following a scramble draw in the Rangers’ offensive zone, and ripped a quick snap shot past Jacob Markstrom short side.
With Vancouver unable to respond, Howden’s fourth of the year on his second shot of the game proved to be the game winner. Howden took 23 shifts for 17 minutes of ice time Monday, helping boost his average to 15:17 per game on the season.