Bowen Byram Scouting Report
- Upside: Top Pairing Offensive Defenceman
- Floor: #4 Offensive Defenceman
- Comparable: Keith Yandle
This is my scouting report on Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram. Most people are not going to agree with this since just about everyone sees Byram as a Top-5 pick but I think this speaks more to the 9 players I have ranked above him than to the Vancouver Giants star defenceman.
I’ve watched Bowen Byram closely for two years now and overall I think he’s a pretty good player. He’s a really safe bet to become an NHL defenceman sooner rather than later because the sum of his parts is an intriguing combination of excellent skater, puck distributor and point producer. So for me, I think that his floor is a middle pairing guy who can put up points and likely play 20 minutes per night. For me, there’s tremendous value in a player who more likely than not ends up a Top-4 guy.
The real question isn’t about that but more – what is his ceiling from that point? That’s a tough call for me because for whatever reason for the better part of the last 2 years whenever I’ve seen him play he kind of gives me a bit of a Ryan Murray vibe. I see the points he puts up and I can certainly see that he’s a great skater and puck distributor but I guess I’m just not 100% convinced that he ends up a top-pairing guy. I guess I just have my doubts on his game fully translating to the NHL.
That doesn’t mean that I can’t see all of the positives with this player. He’s a great skater first and foremost and he makes a great outlet pass and distributes the puck quite well on the power play. He controls the puck very well while skating up the ice and then sets up a scoring chance for himself or a linemate.
He always seems like he’s itching to jump into the play every chance he gets. That’s excellent for the next level but he’s going to have to choose the right moments to do so. He put up an astounding 26 goals and 71 points and led all scorers in the WHL playoffs as a defenceman. That’s impressive for a 17 year old, draft eligible player. In fact, it’s practically unheard of.
His skating style is very similar to that of Morgan Rielly but in terms of the type of player, if all goes well with the rest of his development then I think he becomes a player like Keith Yandle. He’s solid on the PP, plays big minutes and puts up a lot of points. I think that’s probably the likeliest of outcomes and the reason why I have him ranked at #10 but not in my Top-5 like most.
- TSN – #3
- Central Scouting – #2 NAS
- ISS – #3
- Future Considerations – #3
- McKeens – #3
- THN – #6
- Craig Button – #3
- Hockey Prospect – #3
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