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Player Review: Cam Fowler
By: Aaron Francis
It was a tough season for the Ducks blue-liners and veteran Cam Fowler may have had the hardest time of the group. Coming into the 2018-2019 season expectation were high for Fowler, who was entering his 9th NHL season as the highest-paid Ducks defenseman. The team needed him to have the leadership presence in the locker room and the talent on the ice to lead the defensive group. An injury would sideline Fowler for a significant portion of the season, however, and he wasn’t able to find his game once he returned.
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Going into November things were looking good for Fowler, who opened the month with his first career Hat Trick to win a game in OT for Anaheim. While the Ducks struggled out the gate, Fowler seemed to be a bright spot in the early part of the season and it looked as though Fowler’s offensive game had improved over the summer. This was cut short when a shot went up Fowler’s stick and hit him in the face just under the visor. Fowler suffered a facial fracture on his orbital bone and would need surgery to repair the damage. The injury sidelined Fowler for 23 games and he didn’t return until January. Cam Fowler returned with a full face shield to protect himself from further injury and had a tough time readjusting to the game. In the end, Fowler was able to score 5 goals and 18 assists for 23 points which was down nine points from the previous year. He also finished with a plus/minus rating of -14.
It wasn’t the ideal season for Fowler or the Ducks, but moving forward Cam should be able to continue his growth into a leader on the team. Having been around for nine years in Anaheim, Fowler would be an excellent candidate to receive the alternate captain “A” full-time next season. If he can return to his defensive game from prior to his injury and closeout at just under 40 points or so, the Ducks will be in great shape to improve from the past season. Additionally, if Fowler can show some improvement on the power play it would be a huge boost to the offense, helping to set up plays with the man advantage from the point. In the meantime, it seems Fowler enjoyed the off-season as he recently got married. Hopefully married life is treating newlyweds Cam and Jasmine well as we look forward to Fowler’s return to Anaheim this fall.
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September 27th, 2019