The move (Bowey and a second round pick for Nick Jensen and a fifth round pick) came as somewhat of a surprise for the young blueliner, however, it was another ‘all chips in’ kind of deal, similar to that of the move that Washington made to acquire Michal Kempny at last year’s trade deadline.
Bowey was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Capitals, where he went on to dress in 84 games for Washington over the 2017-18/2018-19 season, picking up one goal, 18 points and 62 penalty minutes as a bottom pairing defenceman.
“It feels amazing,” the 23-year-old said following morning skate Saturday. “I’m really thrilled and happy to be here. Obviously this organization has a lot of great history and I’m just really excited to join the team. It was a lot of mixed emotions yesterday obviously, as it was the first trade of my career ever, so it’s definitely sad to leave some of the guys back in Washington. It was a great group of guys, and I won a Stanley Cup with them so I have a lot of great memories there. But for me, this is just a great opportunity to play some games here and figure out my game here in the NHL and I’m excited to get it going.”
With Detroit in the middle of a organizational shift and roster rebuild, the timing couldn’t be any better for Bowey, who will get the chance to prove his worth alongside fellow youngsters, while also learning the tricks of the trade from veteran defensemen Mike Green and Niklas Kronwall.
“It kind of feels like I’ve been drafted again,” Bowey said with a laugh. “A team really wants me and wants to develop me, and work with me to turn me into a great NHL player. So for me I think it’s just really relieving, and I’m very happy to be in that position where I am. I know that I’m going to make the most of this opportunity and I can’t wait to get started here.”
Bowey will wear jersey number 74 for Detroit, a number that has never been worn in the club’s extensive 90+ year history. The Winnipeg product skated with his new teammates for the first time Saturday, and hopes to find himself in the lineup for the Red Wings’ 3:00 PM contest with the visiting San Jose Sharks Sunday.