It appears Jared Cowen will start the season - well, at least the Western Hockey League season - in the National Hockey League.
The Spokane Chiefs captain, Ottawa's No. 1 draft pick in 2009, has moved up the ladder in the Senator's training camp because of an early injury. That information comes from Greg Drinnan's blog and is posted below. Cowen can play nine regular-season games with the Senators, who play their first preseason game tonight, before he has to stay up as a 19-year old. Cowen is expected to at least be with Ottawa for all eight of the Sens' preseason games, which go through Oct. 2, which is the date of the Chiefs' home-opener.
And just like that, the Chiefs are down two defensemen since Brenden Kichton was injured while in Detroit's camp.
I am currently in the process of putting together the short scouting reports the WHL beat writers have put together. They'll appear here this week, starting with the Eastern Division today, finishing up with the U.S. Division on Friday when the WHL opens. Check back later today.
D Jared Cowen, 19, will play this season with the Spokane Chiefs or the Ottawa Senators, who selected him with the ninth overall pick of the 2009 NHL draft. The chances of him playing in the NHL grew Saturday when Ottawa D Filip Kuba had a skate catch a rut and went down, suffering what appears to be a serious injury to his right leg just moments into the first session of training camp at Scotiabank Place. If Kuba is gone for any length of time, you can bet Cowen will be given an opportunity to be on the Senators’ second defensive pairing, behind Chris Phillips and Sergei Gonchar.