Here's some tidbits about our newest defenceman, Jared Cowen. I'll admit that I wanted Kadri as I think we need a centre, but when Burkie took him and we were down to Cowen, MSP, and Kulikov, I'm thrilled we kept it Canadian. Cowen will be a great balance for this team for Karlsson and if Lee is still around. But make no mistake - this kid is ugly.
Name: Jared Cowen Position: D Shoots: Left Height: 6-5 Weight: 218 lbs Birthdate: 1991-01-25 Eligible for Draft: 2009 Drafted: 2009 Hometown: Allan, Saskatchewan Acquired: 1st round (9th overall), 2009 by OTT Playing In: CHL
There have been comparisons to Braydon Coburn and Adam Foote - both guys aren't highlight reel players but are solid, tough defencemen. If Cowen can become a Foote, then we've made a great pick here. In all likelihood, he'll be fine coming out of knee surgery (done on 2/18/09) and we picked a player that wasn't necessarily supposed to be on the board at 9th. Recovery for him and the extent of the injury is said to be 5-6 months. He also appears to be a great person, hard working and focused on the recovery, and excited about playing in Canada. I love players like that! Check out the sound bytes in the second clip, too. Just sounds like a good dude, prairie boy that wants to work his ass off and get to the bigs.
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