Notes .. 22 year old, four-year veteran is developing into the all-around defencemen Anaheim was hoping for when they drafted him 12th overall in 2010 .. enjoyed his best season since breaking into the league as an 18 year old rookie .. led all Ducks’ defencemen in scoring (70-6-30-36) and power play production (15) .. likely would have surpassed his rookie point total (40) if not for a sprained MCL near the end of the season .. finished first on the team in ice time per game (23:51), seeing significant minutes on both the power play (3:23) and shorthanded (2:41) .. ....
Notes .. 22 year old, four-year veteran is developing into the all-around defencemen Anaheim was hoping for when they drafted him 12th overall in 2010 .. enjoyed his best season since breaking into the league as an 18 year old rookie .. led all Ducks’ defencemen in scoring (70-6-30-36) and power play production (15) .. likely would have surpassed his rookie point total (40) if not for a sprained MCL near the end of the season .. finished first on the team in ice time per game (23:51), seeing significant minutes on both the power play (3:23) and shorthanded (2:41) .. . capable of achieving top end speed with only a few, quick strides .. a skilled puckmover, able to successfully complete long outlet passes when leaving the zone .. routinely skated against the other team’s best players .. production was hindered by an even strength shooting percentage of only 1.7%, a likely indicator of even better things in 2014-15 .. key to his development offensively will be a willingness to shoot more frequenty .. fired only 100 shots this year, not increasing his totals as you would expect in a young player .. displayed a number of elite abilities last season, steadying the ship after a couple up and down years .. still very early in his career, enters his fifth season poised to do more.
Scouting: A poised all-around rearguard .. smooth and strong on his edges .. reaches an elite top speed with just a few powerful strokes .. swift in recovery, especially closing gaps defending the rush - supported by excellent athleticism and flexibility .. footwork in transitions is fast and seamless .. not as proficient moving backwards - will default to forward skating to match an outside threat - and can get caught at wrong angles to the puck .. often deployed at the top of the umbrella on the power play, but struggled to generate offense after flourishing on the man-advantage as a rookie .. excels in transition, displaying good skill and tempo on outlets - with a flair for long accurate stretch passes .. increasingly assertive as a physical presence along the boards, yet not as diligent patrolling the crease .. comes up soft in net-front battles, relying mostly on his stickwork.
12-13 Report: Frustrating injury filled season for 21 year old former 12th overall pick.. scored 40 points as an 18 year old but regressed in challenging sophomore campaign .. playing heavy minutes with offensive (82-5-24-29) and defensive (-28) challenges .. confident Ducks signed a five year $20 million extension prior to the season to watch a further step backwards and a 24 point pro-rated scoring pace . . ice time dropped to lowest of his career (20:26) with power play time (2:46) down considerably from the previous two seasons (3:40, 3:37) .. overall shooting percentage has reduced by half in each consecutive season to career low 2% .. sports an ugly career -57 .. played briefly in Switzerland briefly during the lockout (14-2-5-7) .. missed the first game with the flu, never quite getting on track before suffering a concussion from a hit from behind Feb 2 that kept him out 8 games .. missing another two with an upper body muscle issue late in the season .. returning on the eve of the playoffs to score his first goal of the season in a productive run in his last five games (5-1-3-4) .. shifted off being paired with Beauchemin to form a unit with Bryan Allen – partly explaining lack of offensive numbers at even strength ...providing encouraging signs in return of poise and confidence in the playoffs - at both ends of the ice (7-0-3-3, +2) .. Ducks need him to emerge as the #1 PP quarterback and should find his form in fourth NHL season .. excellent value pick.
2011-12 Report .. Wobbled early under an excessive sophomore workload that only intensified during Lubomir Visnovsky's 13-game absence .. gradually shored up his defensive play and started to regain confidence over the second half - in spite of a three-month goal drought - 45 games - finally snapped in mid-March .. wound up posting a club-worst minus-28 rating .. will benefit from last season's hard lessons.
- May 6, 2017
Update:Fowler scored a goal and added an assist -- both in the third period -- during Friday's double-overtime win against Edmonton.
Analysis:The Ducks were down 3-0 before Fowler assisted on Anaheim's first goal late in the third period, and then he scored the second tally with just 2:11 remaining in regulation. Fowler missed the entire first series with a knee injury, and he had just one assist through the first four games of Round 2, so this was a huge and welcomed outburst. With a role on the No. 1 power-play unit, Game 5 might prove to be the beginning of a nice offensive run for Fowler.
- April 26, 2017
Update:Fowler (knee) is available for Wednesday's Game 1 matchup with Edmonton, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Although coach Randy Carlyle wouldn't announce which of the returning guys would be back in the lineup versus the Oilers, one would have to imagine that Fowler will suit up. When healthy this year, the defenseman averaged 24:51 of ice time, notching 11 goals and 28 helpers. In addition to his even-strength production, the 25-year-old spent time on both the power play and penalty kill. He'll likely be given the highly difficult task of limiting Connor McDavid's time and space on the ice in this series.
- April 25, 2017
Update:Fowler (knee) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 1 clash with the Oilers, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler has yet to suit up in the postseason, as he has been sidelined for the Ducks' previous six outings. Despite a 28-game goalless streak, the defenseman did manage to register 12 helpers over that stretch. While fantasy owners may be concerned about his offensive production, fans will be focused on getting back a shutdown defender who averaged 24:51 of ice time during the season -- including time on both the power play and penalty kill.
- April 17, 2017
Update:Fowler (knee) is "on pace to be available" shortly according to head coach Randy Carlyle.
Analysis:The seventh-season Duck skated Monday for the first time since suffering the injury April 4 and would provide some offensive firepower to the Anaheim blueline upon returning. Fowler's 39 points were a team-best amongst defensemen for the 2016-17 regular season.
- April 14, 2017
Update:Fowler (knee) is expected to start skating as early as next week.
Analysis:This news effectively rules Fowler out for at least the Ducks' opening-round series if not beyond. The 25-year-old was a vital piece of the Anaheim blue line as he averaged nearly 25 minutes of ice time per game and racked up 39 points -- including 15 with the man advantage. Assuming the Ducks are still playing once the Windsor native is cleared to return, Brandon Montour is the most likely candidate to get bumped from the game-day lineup.
- April 6, 2017
Update:Fowler (lower body) won't play Thursday, and will be out anywhere between two and six weeks.
Analysis:While this is bad news for fantasy players, it's even worse news for the Ducks, who could use Fowler's 39 points, his highest total since his rookie season, as they begin the playoffs. His status is very unclear at this point, but don't expect him back for quite a while.
- April 5, 2017
Update:Fowler is day-to-day with a lower-body ailment.
Analysis:Fowler's status for Thursday's meeting with Chicago is up in the air as he undergoes medical testing to determine the nature and severity of his injury. Although the blueliner is bogged down in a 28-game goal drought, he's managed to compile 12 helpers -- four of which were scored with the man advantage. The 25-year-old averages 24:51 of ice time per night -- including minutes on both the power play and penalty kill -- so replacing him for an extended period of time could be difficult at best, especially in the playoffs.
Update:Fowler was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Flames due to a knee injury, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler was the victim of a knee-to-knee hit from Calgary's Mark Giordano. While it didn't make Fowler's injury go away, Josh Manson came to the aid of his fallen teammate, thrashing Giordano with a series of uppercuts near the glass. The injury cast a pall over Anaheim's 27th consecutive home victory over Calgary.
- March 27, 2017
Update:Fowler contributed a pair of helpers in 23:25 of ice time in Sunday's win over the Rangers.
Analysis:Fowler is putting together a strong season with 37 points and a plus-7 rating. He's very valuable in most fantasy formats due to his career-high 11 goals and role on the top power-play unit. Fowler is a safe fantasy play every game because the Ducks rely on him heavily and he possess great offensive instincts.
- March 18, 2017
Update:Fowler recorded an assist, three shots and three blocked shots over 25:12 of ice time during Friday's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis:Fowler continues to provide semi-regular offensive numbers alongside his solid peripheral coverage. While the 25-year-old defenseman is up to 11 goals, 34 points, 159 shots and 121 blocked shots for the campaign, he had nine goals and 22 points through the first 33 outings of the year. It was an unsustainable pace, but Fowler also has the upside to finish the season strong and provide an uptick in the points column, especially since he's averaging 3:09 of power-play time per game.
- March 8, 2017
Update:Fowler recorded a power-play assist during Tuesday's overtime win against Nashville.
Analysis:It was just the second assist through the past nine games for Fowler. After a torrid start to the season (nine goals and 22 points through 33 games), Fowler has cooled significantly with just 10 points over his past 33 games. However, he still provides respectable secondary contributions (149 shots and 112 blocked shots for the year) and logs huge minutes (24:53 with 3:09 on the power play per game), so Fowler remains a serviceable asset in deep settings.
- February 13, 2017
Update:Fowler has two goals, seven points and 22 shots through his past nine games.
Analysis:Fowler has also averaged 24:50 of ice time (2:47 on the power play) per game during the stretch, and he is having his best offensive season since his rookie campaign in 2010-11. Continue to view Fowler as a solid asset in all seasonal leagues and a potential option in daily contests when Anaheim faces a favorable opponent.
- January 19, 2017
Update:Fowler has just a single assist through his past 14 games.
Analysis:After opening the season with nine goals and 22 points through his first 33 games, Fowler was well on his way to career-best showing offensively. His year-long numbers are still solid, and fantasy owners should expect Fowler to settle in somewhere between his early-season production and current offensive slide. He's also currently less enticing in daily contests while struggling to hit the scoresheet.
- December 19, 2016
Update:Fowler scored the game-winning goal and added an assist -- both with the man advantage -- during Monday's win over Toronto.
Analysis:The 24-year-old defenseman is having a career year offensively with nine goals, 22 points and 73 shots through 33 games. He's also logging huge minutes and received 26:18 against Toronto (3:22 on the power play). Fowler is unlikely to maintain his 12.3 shooting percentage, but he's also entering his prime and being leaned on heavily, so his production shouldn't drop too much -- if any -- going forward.
- November 23, 2016
Update:Fowler scored a goal and chipped in a helper in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders.
Analysis:Fowler has been as productive as ever this season, as he's now up to 13 points and 44 shots on goal in 20 games. That's a pace of 53 points and 180 shots, which would obliterate his previous career bests of 40 and 123 -- both of which came in his rookie season. Fowler was the 12th overall pick back in 2010, but he never took the next step after his impressive debut campaign, so perhaps new head coach Randy Carlyle has found a way to squeeze more out of the 24-year-old.
- November 9, 2016
Update:Fowler recorded an assist, two shots on net, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating over 25:10 (4:38 on the power play) during Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jackets.
Analysis:Fowler has consistently paced the Ducks in ice time this year, and he's off to an excellent offensive start with four goals and five helpers through 14 games. He's skating with the No. 1 power-play unit and provides respectable peripheral coverage with 30 shots and 18 blocked shots.
- November 3, 2016
Update:Fowler scored a power-play goal during Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis:The 24-year-old defenseman is off to a scorching hot start with eight points -- four goals -- through the first 11 games of the campaign. Fowler is now in his seventh season in the league and is currently logging a career-high 24:06 of ice time. The cross-category contributor moves the needle in the shots (25) and blocked shots (13) columns, and he could have his best offensive showing since posting 40 points during his rookie year in 2010-11.
- October 27, 2016
Update:Fowler set up a pair of goals in Wednesday's 6-1 victory over the visiting Predators.
Analysis:It's still early, but with seven points in eight games, Fowler could be showing signs of a breakout this season. Five of his points have come on the power play, where he mans the point with fellow blueliner Sami Vatanen on the top unit. It's worth noting that Fowler's shooting percentage is a little high at 17.6, but as long as the 24-year-old continues to get on the scoresheet with some regularity, he should be in a good spot to challenge the career-high 40 points he posted as a rookie in 2010-11.
- October 12, 2016
Update:Fowler returned from his illness to play in Sunday's preseason game against the Sharks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler had been dealing with a stomach virus that kept him out of practice last week, but he appears to have returned to full strength. The 24-year-old defenseman tallied an assist in the Ducks' final preseason matchup -- a good indication that he'll be full steam ahead when Anaheim begins the season against Dallas on Thursday.
- October 7, 2016
Update:Fowler sat out Friday's practice with an illness, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:It doesn't appear to be anything serious; likely just a stomach bug, so consider the defenseman day-to-day for now. The 24-year-old may be held out of the Ducks' final preseason matchup Sunday as a precaution but his status for Opening Night does not appear to be in jeopardy.
- June 24, 2016
Update:Fowler could be traded in advance of Friday night's NHL Entry Draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis:Fowler, a playmaking defenseman, has two years left on his contract with an annual average value of $4 million. McKenzie reports that Buffalo could be eyeing Fowler, but not at the expense of its eighth overall draft pick.
- February 15, 2016
Update:Fowler earned three assists in Monday's 6-4 win over Calgary.
Analysis:Fowler has been a monster over the last two games, piling up five of his 16 assists on the season. The American blueliner has a ton of upside but hasn't yet fulfilled his potential (as evidenced by his 17 points in 42 games), but if this is an omen of increased production, one would be wise to jump on the 24-year-old while he's still available.
- February 2, 2016
Update:Fowler (knee) will draw back into the lineup Tuesday against the Sharks.
Analysis:Fowler had previously indicated that he was ready to go following the five-day layoff for the All-Star break, so coach Bruce Boudreau's confirmation doesn't come as much of a surprise. The defenseman missed 13 games with a sprained knee, so his ice time may be a bit limited at first, but his return will help shore up the blue line.
Update:Fowler (knee) said that he is ready to return, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler indicated that the five-day layoff for the All-Star break came at an ideal time. "Things are good. I feel strong. Knee feels good," Fowler said. The shifty rearguard will need to be activated from injured reserve before he'll be allowed to rejoin the lineup Tuesday against the Sharks, but such a move appears imminent based on his own declaration of how he feels.
- January 28, 2016
Update:Fowler (knee) is expected to return for Anaheim's first game after the All-Star break, a home match with the Sharks on Feb. 2, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Rookie defenseman Shea Theodore has returned to the minors, which helps pave the way for Fowler to make his return. Of course, he'll need to officially be activated from injured reserve before the team can add him back onto the roster. Fowler has missed the Ducks' last 13 games with a sprained knee.
- January 2, 2016
Update:Fowler is expected to be sidelined for the next 3-to-5 weeks with a sprained knee.
Analysis:The Ducks' blueline depth will be tested during Fowler's absence, as the 24-year-old has averaged 22:38 of ice time per game this season. The former first-round pick isn't known for lighting up the scoresheet, but is a solid defender and a capable playmaker on the power play, two aspects of his game that will be sorely missed by the Ducks during his rehabilitation. Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen will likely see additional ice time until Fowler is able to return to Anaheim's lineup.
- December 29, 2015
Update:Fowler (knee) will be out indefinitely, Roger Millions of Sportsnet Calgary reports.
Analysis:Fowler was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week with a sprained knee. It was said that the earliest he might return is Jan. 3, though his precise return date remains unclear.
- December 28, 2015
Update:Fowler (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:A timetable for Fowler's return should be given by the end of the week, but today's move means that the earliest Fowler could return would be on Jan. 3. Expect Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen to absorb additional minutes in Fowler's absence.
Update:Fowler is dealing with a sprained knee and is expected to skip the Ducks' upcoming road trip, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis:Fowler suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the Flyer, and the knee sprained knee will keep him out an extended period of time. He will be missed along the blue line and on the power play, having notched 12 points in 34 games this year but adding two assists in the last two games. If he indeed misses the road trip as expected, the his next chance to play would come Jan. 3 back in Anaheim. The Ducks recalled Shea Theodore to add some depth along the blue line for the time being.
- December 27, 2015
Update:Fowler exited Sunday's game with a lower-body injury and will not return.
Analysis:Fowler recorded an assist in Sunday's game before exiting. The extent of his setback is uncertain, but expect an update on his status when more details become available.
- December 20, 2015
Update:Fowler hasn't hit the scoresheet in each the Ducks' previous seven games.
Analysis:Fowler, much like most of the Ducks squad, has had a hard time putting up points this season. His ten points are second amongst Ducks defensemen behind only Sami Vatanen, who is sitting on 16 points. A notable stat is that Fowler's 5-on-5 on-ice shooting percentage of 6.18, which is a tad low, but remarkably only second on the team to Corey Perry's 6.19. It would appear that the entire Ducks squad is in for some shooting percentage increase, it's just a matter of when the pucks will start to go in for them.
- November 27, 2015
Update:Fowler tallied an assist Friday in an overtime loss to the Blackhawks. He now has four points on his current three-game point streak and six points in his last six games.
Analysis:His game is starting to emerge from an early season stupor. Fowler has just 10 points in 24 games, but that six in six pace since mid-November is a great sign for his owners. Then again, his see-saw battle with his plus-minus has him trending toward the abysmal numbers of his first two seasons (minus-53 over 158 games).
- November 20, 2015
Update:Fowler beat Roberto Luongo five-hole for a power-play goal in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Panthers.
Analysis:With Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry looking like their usual selves, Fowler skated up and received a pass that put him in a good position to score, which he did. The young blueliner has three goals and three assists on the season, and has a point in each of his past two contests.
- May 28, 2015
Update:Fowler picked up an assist in his 23:37 of ice time in Wednesday's Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis:Fowler has delivered a four-point series for the Ducks thus far, generating a goal and three helpers. Expect him to rank among the team leaders in minutes for Saturday's series-deciding Game 7 in Anaheim.
- May 1, 2015
Update:Fowler assisted on Corey Perry's third-period power-play goal in Thursday's Game 1 triumph over the Flames.
Analysis:That's three points in five playoff games for Fowler, who previously wrapped up the third 30-point season of his career a few weeks earlier. Fowler lacks of the sniping ability of fellow blueliner Sami Vatanen, but he's arguably the Ducks' top two-way defenseman, which should routinely earn him around 19-to-22 minutes per game throughout the playoffs.
- April 19, 2015
Update:Fowler recorded a power-play assist in Saturday's Game 2 win over the Jets.
Analysis:The assist came when Fowler's shot attempt deflected off Patrick Maroon's body about halfway through the third period. It was Fowler's first point since March 28.
- March 28, 2015
Update:Fowler assisted on Andrew Cogliano's eventual game-winner Saturday against the Islanders.
Analysis:He now has three assists in the last two games bringing his total to 27 on the season -- good enough to tie Ryan Kesler for second on the team. A late run could see him tie or better his career highs in both assists (30) and points (40).
- March 26, 2015
Update:Fowler will return to the Anaheim lineup Thursday against Boston, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Coach Bruce Boudreau made Fowler a surprise healthy scratch in the team's last game Tuesday versus Columbus, after the blueliner had posted a minus-3 rating over his 19:31 of ice time in his previous outing against the Rangers. The Ducks are hoping a day out of the lineup was all Fowler needed to get recharged for the final batch of regular-season games. He'll pair up with Simon Despres in Thursday's match.
- March 24, 2015
Update:Fowler is expected to be a healthy scratch Tuesday against the Blue Jackets, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register.
Analysis:Fowler, who has recorded 31 points in 73 games to date, is coming off a minus-3 effort in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Rangers, so at this stage, it looks like he's on track to recharge his batteries in the press box on Tuesday.
- March 10, 2015
Update:Fowler assisted on the tying goal in Monday's loss to the Canucks.
Analysis:In addition to being in on the Ducks only goal of the evening, Fowler was also named second star of the game. While his 29 points on the season aren't too shabby for a defenseman, the Ducks' newly crowded blue line could prove fatal to to Fowler's fantasy value. Keep a close eye on Fowler's usage in the coming weeks.
- March 4, 2015
Update:Fowler registered an assist and went plus-3 in Tuesday's victory over the Coyotes.
Analysis:With defensive partner Ben Lovejoy traded away to the Penguins at the deadline, Fowler was paired up with new acquisition Simon Despres. The two seemed to form an effective tandem, as both finished with identical one-assist, plus-3 stat lines in the outing. The assist gave Fowler his first point in five games.
- February 6, 2015
Update:Fowler registered an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's win over the Predators.
Analysis:After enjoying a season-best four-game point streak in mid-December, Fowler followed it up with a four-game scoring drought before getting the assist. Those ups and downs aren't unusual for most defenders, but Fowler probably offers enough offense to justify a roster spot in mid-sized or deeper formats.
- January 22, 2015
Update:Fowler notched an assist in his fourth consecutive game Wednesday against the Flames.
Analysis:Fowler has tended to provide his points in bunches this season, as he's already enjoyed two separate four-game streaks in addition to his latest one. While his half-point-per-game production won't place him among the league's elite blueliners, it's still likely enough for him to hold down a roster spot in deeper formats.
- January 17, 2015
Update:Fowler picked up an assist in Friday's win over the Devils.
Analysis:After being held without a point in his first four games in January, Fowler has notched an assist in each of his last two contests. If health prevails the rest of the way, Fowler would be on track for a 39-point season, which would challenge the career-best output (40 points) he posted as a rookie in 2010-11.
- December 29, 2014
Update:Fowler scored the overtime-winning goal Sunday against the Canucks.
Analysis:Fowler now has five goals and 19 points in 37 games, to go with a plus-1 rating. Averaging 21:14 of ice time on Anaheim's top defensive pairing, the 23-year-old should hit the 10-goal, 40-point mark in 2014-15.
- December 4, 2014
Update:Fowler potted his third goal of the season in Wednesday's shootout win over the Flyers.
Analysis:The goal extended Fowler's point streak to three games, bringing his overall total to 14 in 26 games this season. He's taken a backseat on the blueline to rising star Sami Vatanen this season, but Fowler still offers plenty of value as a depth defenseman on fantasy rosters.
- November 13, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) notched his second goal of the season while playing 23:36 in Wednesday's shootout victory over the Kings.
Analysis:Fowler initially entered the day as a game-time decision while recovering from a lower-body injury, but he didn't seem to show any obvious limitations while earning his 10th point in 16 games. The 2014 Olympian probably won't ascend to the top tier of fantasy defensemen, but he'll provide enough scoring and a strong enough plus/minus to make him worthy of a roster spot in most formats.
- November 12, 2014
Update:Coach Bruce Boudreau confirmed Fowler (lower body) will play Wednesday against the Kings.
Analysis:Fowler participated fully in morning skate, and after the medical staff voiced no concern about the blueliner's health, he'll be cleared to reenter the lineup. The 23-year-old has endured a couple of injuries this season, but it hasn't proven too detrimental. Fowler enters Wednesday's game with a respectable nine points and a plus-4 rating over 15 games.
- November 11, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) is questionable to play Wednesday against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler said he'll make a determination on his status after he tests out his injury Wednesday morning. The defenseman participated fully in Tuesday's practice, so it would seem likely that he'll give it a go Wednesday if no issues crop up during morning skate.
- November 9, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) will not play Sunday against the Canucks.
Analysis:Fowler, who suffered the injury Friday against Arizona, was considered questionable heading into Sunday. Though he took part in morning skate, he'll be held out of action.
Update:Fowler (lower-body) took part in the morning skate prior to Sunday's game against the Canucks, according to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.
Analysis:It was always thought there was a good chance Fowler would play Sunday so the fact he skated in the morning is a good indication. Fantasy owners should keep posted until closer to game time for the official word to come out.
- November 8, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) could play Sunday against the Canucks, Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles News Group reports.
Analysis:Fowler suffered the injury Friday against the Coyotes, but could return to the lineup Sunday. The blueliner has a goal and eight assists through 15 games this season, and would be a big loss for the Ducks if he can't suit up against the Canucks.
- November 3, 2014
Update:Fowler netted the game-winning goal -- his first tally of the season -- in Sunday's win over the Avalanche.
Analysis:Fowler has been very steady this season, recording eight points (one goal) in 13 games and never going more than two games without getting on the scoresheet. The two-way defenseman averages 20:32 of ice time per game and should post another season in the 40-point range.
- October 28, 2014
Update:Fowler's defensive partner, Ben Lovejoy, will miss six-to-eight weeks with a broken bone in his hand, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The Ducks and Fowler found a perfect partner for the dynamic young defenseman when the defensively inclined Lovejoy was acquired from the Penguins in February of 2013. "I know where he's going to be or I know what he's thinking in this situation and that," Fowler said of Lovejoy. "That chemistry is hard to find." Francois Beauchemin practiced alongside Fowler during their skate in Chicago on Monday. It has yet to be seen who will stick as Fowler's partner, but keep an eye on it, as this situation could directly impact Fowler's fantasy value.
- October 18, 2014
Update:Fowler picked up an assist in Friday's home win over the Wild.
Analysis:That's three straight games with an assist for the young American defenseman, who should compete with Sami Vatanen to be the Ducks' top offensive threat from the back end this season. Fowler isn't seeing top power-play time with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler yet, but he'll likely supplant Vatanen in this role if Vatanen should stumble.
- October 13, 2014
Update:Fowler had an assist and finished with a game-high plus-3 rating in Monday's win over Buffalo.
Analysis:It was the first point of the season for Fowler, who logged 20:51 of ice time in the win. It appears he has lost his spot on the top power play to Sami Vatanen, who now mans the point on the elite top unit featuring Ryan Kesler, Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Patrick Maroon. Folwer is still a reliable fantasy option, though, as the 22-year old is likely to put up another season in the 30-to-40-point range.
- October 10, 2014
Update:Fowler was on the ice for 19:54 in Thursday's loss to the Penguins. He finished with a minus-3 rating and notched two blocks and two hits.
Analysis:Though he made a valiant effort to return from a leg injury in time for the start of the regular season, Fowler might have benefited from sitting out an extra day or two. He wasn't active on offense (no shots on goal) and was on the ice for three of the Pens' five even-strength or shorthanded tallies, resulting in a dud of a showing for the United States Olympian.
- October 9, 2014
Update:Fowler (leg) has been cleared to play in Thursday's season opener, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler's status for the opener was in doubt after he suffered the leg injury in practice a week ago, but he apparently convinced the team's training staff he was ready to go after getting in a full workout Wednesday. He will likely be paired with his usual partner, Ben Lovejoy.
Update:Fowler (leg) is hoping to play in Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, after he was able to practice Wednesday and participate in Thursday's morning skate, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:If Fowler is able to play in the opener, the Ducks will have all of their top-six defensemen at their disposal. Against a tough road matchup against an Eastern Conference foe in Pittsburgh, Fowler's presence would be extremely welcomed, as he's arguably Anaheim's top blueliner. Recommend having a backup plan in case he can't go.
- October 8, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) was able to get in a practice Wednesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler still seems rather unlikely to suit up in Thursday's season opener against the Penguins, but the fact that he's accompanying the team on the road trip suggests he's not far away from returning. The talented young blueliner bounced back nicely in 2013-14 following two subpar seasons, registering six goals, 30 assists and a plus-15 rating over 70 games.
- October 7, 2014
Update:Fowler, Anaheim's top defenseman, will accompany the team on their start-of-the-season road trip and is progressing well, although his availability for Wednesday's opener is still in doubt, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler (leg) is looking at the positives, which is getting healthier one day at a time. He missed the final game of the preseason Saturday, but has been having private skating sessions with assistant coach Scott Niedermayer and continues to improve. With a travel day and the season opener in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, it is unlikely the Ducks will risk playing Fowler. This will likely be one of those last-minute announcements, so have a plan ready for your team if he is unable to go.
- October 6, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) skated Monday.
Analysis:Fowler is still questionable for Thursday's season opener, but it's a good sign that he's back on the ice after leaving Thursday's practice with a lower body injury. There should be another update on his status in the next couple days.
- October 2, 2014
Update:Fowler left Thursday's practice with an apparent lower-body injury, NHL.com's Curtis Zupke reports. Coach Bruce Boudreau said that while he doesn't expect Fowler to play in Saturday's preseason finale against the Sharks, he thinks the defenseman will be available for the Oct. 9 opener.
Analysis:Fowler appeared to hurt himself during a battle drill at practice and didn't look like he was able to put much weight on one of his legs when he was helped off the ice. His progress in the coming days should offer a clearer indication of his availability for the start of the regular season, but he should be viewed as questionable for now. Fortunately, it appears the training staff is ruling out a long-term injury, so Fowler's stock shouldn't notice too significant of a dip as a result of this news.
- April 10, 2014
Update:Fowler (leg) returned to action Wednesday, logging 20:18 of ice time.
Analysis:He wasn't particularly active on either end in his return, attempting just one shot on goal and registering one hit and one blocked shot. It could take him a little while to round back into form after missing over three weeks of games, but once he gets a few contests under his belt, he should play a meaningful role defensively for the Ducks during the postseason.
- April 9, 2014
Update:Fowler (leg) was on the ice for warmups prior to Wednesday's game, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler was expected to be a game-time decision Wednesday, but his presence in the Flames' warmups suggests that he won't be a scratch.
Update:Fowler (leg) will be a game time decision Wednesday against the Sharks, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.
Analysis:Fowler hasn't suited up since March 14, but has been skating recently, and may be able to return Wednesday. The blueliner has six goals and 30 assists in 67 games this season, and had three points in his last two games before getting hurt.
- April 7, 2014
Update:Fowler's coach Bruce Boudreau indicated that Fowler (leg) will play yet this week, Anaheim's official twitter account reports.
Analysis:With only three games left after Monday, it was unclear if Fowler would play in these last few regular season games, or sit out and prepare for the playoffs. Even though it appears he will play at some point this week, we do not know when and for how long when he does get on the ice. For this reason fantasy owners may still want to look elsewhere if a viable replacement is available.
- April 6, 2014
Update:Fowler (leg) worked out on the ice Sunday morning, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler hasn't closed the door on drawing back into the lineup before the end of the regular season, but with just one week remaining and his exact return timetable still unclear, it's probably best for most fantasy owners to drop Fowler in favor of a healthy, contributing player.
- April 2, 2014
Update:Fowler (leg) could return sometime next week, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler was originally expected to miss the rest of the season, but it sounds like he might be able to return just in time to get a few games in before the playoffs start. The blueliner was having a solid season before getting hurt in March, racking up six goals and 30 assists through the first 67 games.
- March 19, 2014
Update:Fowler's MRI revealed that he is dealing with a sprained MCL in his left knee, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The injury likely rules Fowler out for the rest of the regular season, and possibility the Ducks' first-round playoff series. The injury is certainly a troubling development for Fowler, but it shouldn't obscure what has otherwise been his best season since his 2010-11 rookie campaign. He's compiled 36 points and a plus-15 rating in 67 games, earning a roster spot for the U.S. team in the 2014 Winter Olympics in the process.
Update:Fowler (leg) is expected to miss the next few games for the Ducks, Eric Stephens of the Orange County reports.
Analysis:Coach Bruce Boudreau never revealed the results of Fowler's MRI on Tuesday, but it's probably safe for fantasy owners to rule him out for their games Thursday and Sunday until the team offers a clearer return timetable. Fowler first suffered the lower-body injury last Friday against the Avalanche.
- March 17, 2014
Update:Fowler (leg) will undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:The Ducks have only labeled Fowler's ailment as a leg injury, but Tuesday's MRI should provide some clarity on the matter. Regardless of the outcome of the scan, Fowler would seem unlikely to suit up Tuesday vs. the Capitals.
Update:Fowler (lower body) did not practice Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler ended up sitting out Saturday's game against the Kings after suffering the lower-body injury Friday night. While Fowler is officially questionable for Tuesday's contest against the Capitals, his absence from practice wouldn't seem to bode well for his chances of playing.
- March 15, 2014
Update:Fowler (lower body) did not take the ice for pregame warmups Saturday, Elliott Teaford of the LA Newsgroup reports.
Analysis:Fowler will apparently miss Saturday's game, but his questionable status heading into the contest indicates that he'll likely remain day-to-day.
Update:Fowler (lower body) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Kings, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports.
Analysis:Fowler picked up the lower body injury in Friday's game, and it could prevent him from taking the ice Saturday night. Expect another update on Fowler's status once a decision is reached.
- February 15, 2014
Update:Fowler scored a power-play goal for the Americans in Saturday's shootout win over Russia.
Analysis:It was the first career Olympic point for the 22-year-old. After two down seasons following his impressive 2010-11 debut, Fowler has reemerged as one of the game's top young defensemen for the Ducks this season, scoring 31 points to go along with a plus-11 rating over 60 games.
- January 19, 2014
Update:Fowler sccored a goal during the second period of a 3-2 win over the Blues on Saturday.
Analysis:After a six-game-long pointless-streak, Fowler now has a point in each of his last two games.
- January 1, 2014
Update:Fowler registered two assists during a 6-3 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday.
Analysis:Tuesday's performance gives Fowler four assists in his last three games.
- December 20, 2013
Update:Fowler registered a goal and an assist in Friday's win over New Jersey, his first points in four games.
Analysis:Fowler has a deceptive five points over the last five contests, as he went without a point in three of those games. His numbers are solid this season as he appears poised to challenge his rookie season total of 40. He has tended to binge on points this season but he's proving to be a solid option as the Ducks' primary puck mover from the blue line.
- November 21, 2013
Update:Fowler was credited with an assist during the second period of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils on Wednesday.
Analysis:Fowler has looked good as of late, with 10 points in his last 12 games.
- November 16, 2013
Update:Fowler logged an assist during the third period of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes on Friday.
Analysis:After his second game in a row with an assist, Fowler now has nine points in his last ten games.
- November 9, 2013
Update:Fowler scored his third goal of the season and added an assist during Friday's 6-2 win over the Sabres.
Analysis:Fowler now has a goal and an assist in each of his last two games and six points in his last five. With nine points on the season, he now leads all Ducks defensemen and continues to be a solid fantasy play.
- November 4, 2013
Update:Fowler grabbed an assist during the third period of a 6-3 win over the Sabres on Saturday.
Analysis:After a five-game pointless streak, Fowler now has points in each of his last two games.
- October 6, 2013
Update:Fowler got the game-winning assist early in overtime of Saturday's 4-3 victory over the Wild.
Analysis:It's promising for the Ducks and fantasy owners alike to see Fowler come up big early after his strong finish to last year's campaign -- four points in the last five regular-season games, then three assists in seven playoff contests.
- May 4, 2013
Update:Fowler got an assist in the third period of the Ducks' 5-4 overtime loss to the Red Wings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday.
Analysis:Fowler seems to have carried the momentum that he gained at the end of the regular season into the playoffs, with him now having registered an assist in both of the Ducks' playoff games.
- April 28, 2013
Update:Fowler logged an assist in the Ducks' 5-3 loss to the Coyotes on Saturday.
Analysis:Fowler appears to be at top form as the Ducks' enter the postseason, having picked up four points in his five games since returning from his recent upper body injury.
- April 26, 2013
Update:Fowler was credited with an assist during the second period of the Ducks' 3-1 victory over the Canucks on Thursday.
Analysis:With Thursday's assist, Fowler now has three points in his four games since returning to the Ducks from his recent upper body injury.
- April 19, 2013
Update:Folwer (upper body) participated in practice Friday and is ready to return to the lineup, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler missed the team's last two games but should be in the lineup for Friday's game against Calgary. In 32 games this season, Fowler has recorded seven points.
- April 16, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) could return to Ducks' lineup as early as Friday against the Flames.
Analysis:Fowler, who has seven points in 32 games this season, did not practice with the team on Tuesday and is listed as day-to-day.
Update:Fowler, who missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury, is not participating in Tuesday's practice, according to Curtis Zupke of NHL.com.
Analysis:Given that the Ducks recalled two minor-league defensemen Tuesday, the odds are not looking great for Fowler to play Wednesday against Columbus, but we'll see what unfolds in the next 24 hours. The fact that he skated on his own prior to practice provides some hope that he's not out longer term.
- April 13, 2013
Update:Fowler did not take part in Saturday's morning skate.
Analysis:Fowler left Wednesday's game early and missed practice Friday, so all signs point towards an absence Saturday night against the Kings. Fantasy owners may want to circle back later to see what the official word on his status is.
- April 12, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) did not practice Friday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler left Wednesday's game early with an apparent upper body injury, and after missing practice Friday, his chances of playing Saturday against Los Angeles don't look good. The Ducks haven't elaborated on Fowler's condition, nor have they ruled Fowler out for Saturday, so continue to consider the 21-year-old day-to-day for the time being.
- February 23, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) has been cleared to play after his full participation in Saturday's practice.
Analysis:Coach Bruce Boudreau wouldn't tip his hand about Fowler's availability Sunday against the Avalanche, but his participation in practice seems to favor his being in the lineup. Boudreau may look to limit his ice time with the Ducks set to play again Monday, but it shouldn't be long before he's deployed as he normally would be.
- February 22, 2013
Update:Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said Friday he figures Fowler (upper body) will be ready to return either Sunday or Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler has been out since Feb. 2nd with the upper body injury, but it sounds like his return is around the corner. If the 21-year-old defenseman isn't quite ready for Sunday's tilt against Colorado, it seems likely he'll play in Los Angeles on Monday.
- February 18, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) could begin skating Tuesday. "He'll probably be on the ice tomorrow and we'll just take it one day at a time," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Analysis:Fowler has not played since February 2, when he left the game with an upper body injury after a hit against the boards. Fowler will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis once he begins skating, which could be as early as Tuesday.
- February 11, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) is unlikely to play during the remainder of the Ducks' road trip.
Analysis:The Ducks don't have another home game until Feb 18 against the Blue Jackets, so expect Fowler to sit out the Ducks' three games before then. Fowler had to be helped off the ice on Feb 2 after being hit hard into the boards, and his recovery is taking longer than originally expected.
- February 5, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) will miss the start of the Ducks' road trip, the Ducks' official site reports.
Analysis:Coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that Fowler could rejoin the team in the middle of their trip.
- February 4, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Sharks, the Ducks' official site reports.
Analysis:Fowler left Saturday's game after taking a hit from Kings' forward Jarret Stoll. Coach Bruce Boudreau said, "He feels a lot better but it's a day-to-day thing." Don't expect Fowler to miss an extended period of time from this injury.
- February 3, 2013
Update:Fowler (upper body) will be re-evaluated Monday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler -- the No. 12 overall pick in 2010 -- has just one assist to date in six games, with the bright spot for him on a statistical note being his plus-2 rating. He was minus-28 last season and minus-25 in 2010-11.
Update:Fowler left Saturday's game against Los Angeles with an upper-body inury after being driven into the boards. He was helped off the ice early in the second frame and didn't return.
Analysis:The injury isn't likely to ding many fantasy rosters, but if you have him, you should consider benching him for a few days.
- January 22, 2013
Update:Fowler (illness) saw 22 minutes of ice time and recorded two PIM in Monday's victory over the Flames.
Analysis:Fowler missed the Ducks' season opener Saturday, but he was back in action Monday night. He will have a couple days to rest before the Ducks kick off back-to-back games Friday and Saturday.
- January 21, 2013
Update:Fowler (illness) took part in the Ducks' morning skate and is expected to play Monday against the Flames, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler sat out Saturday's opener with a stomach virus, but said he felt considerably better Sunday, taking part in practice and eating solid food. It looks like the flu symptoms have been flushed from his system, meaning he should see his normal allotment of minutes Monday.
- January 19, 2013
Update:Fowler was scratched from Saturday's opener against Vancouver because of the flu, according to a report on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
Analysis:At first, it was reported as a healthy scratch which would have been a huge surprise. He could be out for a few days given the strength of this virus.
- January 11, 2013
Update:Fowler has returned to the US and is practicing, Eric Stephens of The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler had been playing overseas in Sweden but has returned to prepare for the NHL season with the Ducks. Fowler registered 29 points while playing all 82 games last season for Anaheim. He figures to be part of the Ducks' first defensive pairing, but it remains to be seen who will line up next to him.
- November 14, 2012
Update:Fowler signed with Sodertajle of Sweden on Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis:Fowler was hoping to avoid heading overseas, but with lockout negotiations proving fruitful, he ultimately decided to head to Sweden. Fowler had a bit of a disappointing sophomore campaign, scoring 29 points and posting a minus-28 rating.
- October 24, 2012
Update:Fowler may explore playing overseas if the NHL lockout doesn't end soon, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis:Fowler, who inked a five-year deal with the Ducks just prior to the lockout, has been working out in Dallas with many other NHL players. The usual caveat about risk of injury applies if he plays overseas, but staying fresh with some competitive hockey could help Fowler if/when the lockout ends.
- September 15, 2012
Update: Fowler agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with the Ducks on Saturday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Fowler's production slipped last season despite him playing in all 82 games, but it was just his second year in the league, and his future is bright. The former first-rounder, who will not turn 21 until December, figures to be part of the Coyotes' top defensive pairing next time a regular season game is played.
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