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Habs to bring Bowman to camp on PTO

Sep 3, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens are giving former Carolina winger Drayson Bowman a chance to prove himself in training camp.

Per TVA Sports, the Habs will bring Bowman to camp on a PTO in two weeks time, on the heels of his first full NHL campaign — with Carolina last year, the 25-year-old posted career highs in games played (70) and assists (eight) while averaging 10:21 TOI per game.

Despite being a regular fixure in the ‘Canes lineup, Bowman wasn’t extended an offer this summer and went unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

A former standout with WHL Spokane, Bowman — who can play center or left wing — will face stiff competition for a spot up front in Montreal.

Related: Five PTOs that could be coming to a NHL city near you


  1. cjnbsc - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    No idea why. Maybe they are looking at a minor league offer. I think if the Habs were offering a PTO to someone who could possibly join the team it would be Penner

  2. shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I don’t get how the canes can afford to just not sign guys like Bowman and Loktionov. Its not as if that team has a deep roster

    • storminator16 - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      I know, right? Bowman and Loktionov are world beaters! All 29 other teams are breaking down their doors trying to sign them.

      Said no one.

      • shaundre93 - Sep 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        I’m not saying they’re stars, but the canes are one of the thinnest teams in the league. You’re telling me they can’t afford to give guys like Bowman and Loktionov an extended chance? Especially Loktionov, but Bowman too. Give em some bigger roles, some PP time. Worst case scenario? They suck and the canes get McEichel. Best case scenario? They show improvement/promise and they still finish last and get McEichel. If Setoguchi and Heatly can still get contracts, I don’t understand why these two wouldnt

  3. storminator16 - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Drayson Bowman hasn’t played center since Spokane. With that said, I don’t remember him playing center much in Spokane because I’ve never seen Drayson Bowman take a face off.

    In other news, Canes really did a poor job of grooming prospects. Bowman is a poster child for their negligence. I hope it works out for him at the NHL level eventually.

  4. bsaures - Sep 4, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Never hurts to have a guy in the minors who can step up and take a regular shift should injuries pile up

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