The Washington Capitals still have to reach a contract with Tom Wilson, but are close to inking all of their restricted free agents this summer. Madison Bowey is the latest to re-sign with the Capitals on a two-year contract worth a total of $2MM.
Bowey, 23, made his NHL debut last season and ended up playing 51 games with the Capitals. Though he didn’t see any time in the playoffs, he still was able to experience the run with the team and celebrate them winning their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. That experience should come in handy this season when Bowey will be asked to be a full-time contributor to the team, anchoring the bottom pairing with either Christian Djoos or Michal Kempny, depending on how the season goes along.
Still waiting for his first NHL goal, Bowey showed that he could be a capable puck mover at even-strength and racked up 12 assists in his shortened season despite limited minutes. That total could certainly improve going forward as the second-round pick gains more confidence at the NHL level and is given a bigger role. The league is short on capable right-handed options, and if Bowey can prove his worth the Capitals would have one of the strongest right sides in the league with John Carlson and Matt Niskanen ahead of him. Those two and Dmitri Orlov will be earning the lion’s share of the salary on the back end, leaving young players like Bowey and Djoos for the team to rely upon at a relatively low price.