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Scouting Report: Collin Bowman
A look at one of the Traverse City Tournament invites...

Collin Bowman while with the Kelowna Rockets (Via

Collin Bowman while with the Kelowna Rockets (Via

Top Rangers prospects like Tim Erixon and Christian Thomas are scheduled to participate in September’s Traverse City Tournament, but there will also be a few relatively unknown players joining them.

Between now and September 10th, we’ll take a look at some of the less-touted prospects that will don the Rangers’ sweater at Traverse City.  Today, we look at…

Collin Bowman

HT: 6-2

WT: 200

Pos: D

Shoots: R

Birthday: 6/13/91

Team: Moose Jaw, WHL

2009-2010 stats: 4g, 16a, 65gp, 84PIM, -17

2010-2011 stats: 11g, 38a, 72gp, 104PIM, +2

2010-2011 playoffs: 0g, 4a, 6gp, 0PIM, -2 profile >


What’s They’re Saying

The Prospect Park – “If you go only by the numbers then Collin Bowman is never going to impress you as the 6'2 200 lb. defender has not put up numbers until this past season when he went 11-37-48 104 PIMs (4th on Moose Jaw) as a teammate of 2010 first round pick Dylan McIlrath.  Bowman is a physical defender who has decent size at 6'2, is not afraid to drop the gloves and has been a solid leader (assistant captain) for Moose Jaw on and off the ice. We first saw Bowman with the Kelowna Rockets in 2008-2009 where he was part of the WHL Champions.  We want to see Bowman use his shot from the point more and he does need to improve on how fast he makes decisions on the ice. Skating is not bad and his hockey IQ is pretty good.  The director of community relations for the Moose Jaw Warriors Marnel Rasmussen told us that Bowman was a great player on and off the ice. From her that is high praise as Bowman is one of the few Warriors we have heard her single out.”

Daniel Lizee ( – “A jack of all trades defender. Has good poise, reads the play well, can bring some offense and some defense but doesn't bring either in droves. A team looking for an all-around d-man will give Bowman a look. Out of the 3 players [Bowman, Jordan Hickmott and Tayler Jordan], I think Bowman has the best chance of getting a contract.”

Curtis Deem ( – “Collin Bowman stepped his game up in a big way last year, after being dealt to Moose Jaw. He has good size and uses it pretty well, and is willing to fight if he needs to. He's an above average skater, with a good shot and makes smart, strong passes on a regular basis. Bowman definitely looks the part of a potential pro defenseman, and can play various roles if he's needed to.”

Guy Flaming ( – “Collin Bowman is a big, steady d-man who broke out offensively last year after a trade from Kelowna to Moose Jaw. Tough to say for certain if it was the new team or just being a year older but the Warriors are less defense-oriented than the Rockets, generally speaking. He never really lived up to expectations being Drayson Bowman's brother, but [he plays a] different position too.  He's a decent player, not sure he's an NHL player.”

Kelly Friesen (Buzzing the Net) – “Bowman is a mobile defenceman who's not afraid to throw his weight around. Bowman broke out last year notching 11 goals and 49 points. I wouldn't consider Bowman as an offensive defenceman, but he definitely can move the puck. The biggest knock on Bowman is his skating, he's a below average skater.”

Moose Jaw Director of Community Relations Marnel Rasmussen (via The Prospect Park) – “‘Collin is a character player. He loves hockey; it’s in his blood and he is a very driven individual. He is not your typical Junior player—while other players might be gaming, Collin found part time work-- not because he had to but because he likes to keep busy. Collin worked with a power skating school in Moose Jaw; helping young players develop and learn skating skills. Collin is mature beyond his 20 years.   Off the ice, he put in over 40 hours of volunteer work--- reading, visiting schools and attending hockey practices.   On the ice, Collin brings it every night. I cannot remember him ever missing a game unless a serious injury.   He played through the flu and a broken finger (without a blink of an eye) --- never afraid to drop the gloves and works very hard. He is a leader and one of our assistant captains last year…. Deservingly so. He is has helped our young D like Morgan Rielly (Draft Eligible) and Joel Edmundson (St Louis) develop tremendously.’” 

Moose Jaw Warriors Director of Hockey Operations Alan Millar (via The Prospect Park) - "Bowman is a well rounded, solid, complete defensemen. He plays in all situations for our hockey club. Collin is a key member of our team and an excellent leader.  Rangers fans would like Bowman's solid, reliable play. He competes hard in all situations and is very reliable at key times during a game, including, when the game is on the line."

Kelowna Rockets Assistant Coach Jeff Finlay (via in 2009 – “‘I think Collin’s strengths as a player are his hockey sense,’ Finlay said. ‘He knows his limitations and competes very, very hard. He’s just a real solid defensive defenseman, but at the same time he moves the puck well because he sees the ice so well.  The knock might be that he’s maybe not the most beautiful of skaters right now, but he knows how to get by out there and is a really solid defensive defenseman.’” in 2009 – “Bowman is considered to be a defensive defenseman who is capable of moving the puck efficiently.  He sees the ice well and may have some as yet undiscovered offensive talent, but will never be considered an offensive defenseman.  Bowman needs to work on his skating and works hard at doing so.” – “Acquired from Kelowna, Collin Bowman is a physical blue liner who is always ready to throw out a big hit or toss off the gloves.”



Thoughts: Up until his 48-point outburst last season Bowman was known primarily for being a sound, physical defenseman, but his offensive game has developed and he’s become a pretty well-rounded defenseman.  Apparently skating isn’t Bowman’s strength, which can be a major issue for prospects, but he probably has the best chance of the Traverse City invites to earn a contract.


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