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Player Review: Cam Fowler
By Aaron Francis
Cam Fowler finished out his eighth season with the Anaheim Ducks playing in 67 games this season. He scored 8 goals and had 24 assists for a total of 32 points on the year, just down from last seasons 39 point total. Similarly to the 2017 Playoffs, Fowler suffered a late season injury that kept him out of the playoffs. He was unable to recover before the Ducks eventual first-round loss to the Sharks.
Having once been the subject of trade talks, Fowler has become a key member of the Ducks roster. With early season injuries to the Ducks leadership core, Fowler was put to task and given the “A” on his jersey. He served as alternate captain for a large portion of the season and in doing so grew as a leader on the ice and in the locker room. At the age of 26, Fowler is far from his senior years in the league but is starting to become a veteran leader on the team. With the news of Kesler possibly needing to miss next season, I would fully expect Fowler to once again be asked to fill in as a leader for the team.
This season marked the last year of a 5 year 20 million dollar contract for Fowler who had already signed an extension last summer. Playing as a top pairing defenseman several times this year Fowler proved he earned that contract. Although his offensive production took a hit, Fowler is still a mobile skater and has been seeing time on the power play so it shouldn’t be a problem. The Ducks will expect even more from Fowler as he is set to be the highest paid defensemen on the roster next season at 6.5 million. He will be given the opportunity to really help the team generate plays in the offensive zone and become the number one go-to defensemen that the team needs come next season.
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