Colorado Avalanche: Evaluating the Return for Matt Duchene

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BUFFALO, NY – JUNE 03: Shane Bowers awaits testing during the NHL Combine at HarborCenter on June 3, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Shane Bowers

Position: Center
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 185 pounds
Age: 18
NHL Stats: None, he’s in the NCAA system

This is the J.T. Compher portion of the trade. Shane Bowers was the Ottawa Senators’ first-round pick (#28) in the 2017 NHL Draft. He’s currently playing for Boston University, where he has four goals and two assists in 10 games.

Future Considerations scouted Bowers as a “solid 200-foot player who works hard.” He’s considered a good skater who’s especially dangerous driving the net from the wall. He’s considered to have a good hockey IQ.

The Avs scored with Compher. They may have scored again with Bowers. But this is an 18-year-old kid who’s not NHL-ready yet.