Over the next two weeks or so, we’ll look at the restricted and unrestricted free agents on the Carolina Hurricanes roster. We’ll look at pros and cons of signing each player and give a final opinion on what the team should do. A poll will be included in each post. First up will be restricted free agents, then unrestricted.
At 25 years old, Drayson Bowman is still a young player, but has most likely reached his potential of a fourth-line penalty killer with very little offensive capabilities.
This season, he played a career high of 70 games with the Hurricanes, recording four goals and eight assists for 12 points.
Most nights were nothing special for Bowman. He’s a fast skater that knows what he’s doing in the defensive zone, but you won’t see him much in an attacking role.
The 72nd overall pick in the 2007 Draft is not a liability on the ice by any means, but he’s not always an asset either.
He made $600,000 last season and would probably make right around the same amount if the Canes do decide to re-sign him.
Not signing him would open up a small hole in the lineup that can be easily filled and there are better options out there than Bowman. Almost any player in the NHL can do what he does, and there is sure to be a veteran fourth-liner on the market that can provide more offense.
In my opinion, letting Bowman go would force the team to find a better player, who would help the Hurricanes more. But if Bowman is re-signed, it’s not the end of the world.