#5. Cam Fowler | D | Windsor (OHL)
Date of Birth: December 6th, 1991 Height: 6.02 Weight: 190lbs. Shoots: L Season Statistics: Regular Season | 55GP 8G 47A 55P 14PIM Playoffs | 19GP 3G 11A 14P 10PIM TSR Midterm Rank: 3 | Position Rank: 3rd Defensemen League Rank: 4th OHL | Country Rank: 1st USA
Few players have experienced the type of success that Cam Fowler has had over the last year. Since last spring, Fowler has won gold medals at both the 2009 IIHF U18 Championships and 2010 World Juniors and then topped the season off by helping his team to the 2010 Memorial Cup. Fowler wasn’t just along for the ride either. He was named the tournament’s best defender at the 2009 U18 tournament, successfully carried out a primarily defensive role for the American World Junior squad while being one of the youngest players in the tournament and he followed that up by scoring 55 points in as many games for the Spitfires Memorial Cup championship squad.
Fowler is an elite skater that shows excellent lateral mobility. His stride is very smooth and he excels both in straight-line speed as well as in transition and pivoting. Defensively, his ability to change directions quickly factored in with his passing skills make him a threat to push the play back up ice on a counter attack before his opponents can get back in position. Conversely, if a quick pass is not an option, Fowler is just as content to carry the puck up the ice and lead the rush.
Fowler has good offensive awareness and is constantly in motion on the blue line in order to move defenders and create new looks. He seems to get shots on goal through traffic but they often don’t have much behind them. This area of his game needs great improvement. Overall, his instincts serve him well as he develops as a powerplay quarterback.
Defensively, Fowler has had his ups and downs this season. While looking susceptible at times in junior this year, Fowler stepped up his own zone play for the World Juniors. He has all the physical attributes to make him successful in his own end, but he needs to work on consistently making good reads and adding a physical element to his game.
Pros: Elite skater, offensive upside, winner
Cons: Strength, shot
Skillset Comparison: Jay Bouwmeester