Detroit Red Wings: Madison Bowey had a quiet but meaningful season

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The 2019-20 Detroit Red Wings season is on pause, but assuming it is over, Madison Bowey snuck into the top ten in points and was second among defensemen.

The Detroit Red Wings season is not officially over with the season on pause, but it’s fair to say that the season has been over for some time now. Crazy enough, Madison Bowey carved a sneaky path into the scoring rankings, being the second-highest scoring defender on the team.

Bowey played in 53 games throughout the 2019-20 season; this was second most compared to other Red Wings defenseman. In those 53 games, Bowey would go on to score three goals, adding fourteen assists, for a total of 17 points.

He would finish second among all Red Wings defenseman for points, with Filip Hronek coming in first with 31 points on the season. It was a quiet season for Bowey as a defenseman who was looking to come into his own in his first full year with the organization.

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Bowey came over to the Red Wings in the 2018-19 trade deadline deal that sent Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals for Bowey and a second-round draft pick. Bowey jumped right into the mix and remained there through 2019-20.

This season was his age twenty-four season, so he is still on the younger end of things and could be a late bloomer on this rebuilding team, similar to Jensen.

Bowey is no top-pairing defender, but he quietly proved that he could contribute on the scoresheet here and there.

The seventeen points that Bowey scored more points than some of the bottom six forwards had in similar amounts of games played as him.

It was a meaningful season for Bowey, who had to prove that he deserves minutes, which he was successful in doing.

Bowey proved that with the crop of defenseman currently cycling through the lineup, he belongs on the ice, even if its bottom pairing minutes, working his way up. His Corsi For % (CF%) was under the team average and below 50.0, meaning that the opposition had control of the puck more when he was on the ice.

While looking at his analytics, something interesting sticks out when looking at his rankings in PDO. To translate this into simple terms, PDO is a measure of how lucky a player gets on his shots relative to players in the league based on a scale.

The scale has 100.0 being no luck, anything above is lucky, and anything below is unlucky. In Bowey’s case, he has been over 100 ever since breaking into the league until this season. In 2019-20, Bowey’s PDO rating was 97.4, which would mean he was quite unlucky on his shots.

If that is not a metaphor for the entire Red Wings season, not just Bowey’s, then what is? Fans knew the team was going to be bad, but they well exceeded the expectations for how bad they were going to be.

So while the rest of the Red Wings forgot how to play hockey, some of the players proved they belong in the lineup for the next couple years even in minute roles once the youngsters make their way up.

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One of the players who had a quiet, under the radar season, was Madison Bowey, who proved he deserves minutes on the Detroit Red Wings blueline.