Meet The Draft Eligibles: Shane Bowers
With the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft now less than 24 hours away, here is another edition of “Meet The Draft Eligibles” with forward Shane Bowers of the Halifax McDonald’s.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native lead his team in scoring this season with 23 goals and 29 assists for a total of 52 points in 34 games. He also won the NSEMMHL’s MVP Award as well as regular season and playoff scoring titles.
Read the full interview below
What would it mean to be selected 1st overall at the 2015 QMJHL Entry Draft?
It would be a huge honor, to be put in that group of players that have been selected first overall would be something pretty special.
Was going the college/prep-school route ever an option, or were you dead set on playing in the QMJHL?
Yes. It is still an option. I want to do what’s going to be best for my development and this weekend will help me decide.
Describe your style of play and how that will translate over to the QMJHL?
I think I am a fast skating, two-way, offensive forward. I think my hockey IQ and my skating will allow me to transition into the Q.
What are your goals and things you’d like to work on going into your first training camp in September?
I would like to put on some weight and go into camp as strong and fast as I can.
What can you bring to a QMJHL team looking to draft you?
I think I can bring a fast offensive game but also be responsible in my own end. Trusted in all situations.
Scouts and General Managers point to your offensive ability and game-breaking potential as your main attractions. Is there any part of your game you think you could improve on?
I think you can always work on your skating and your basic skills, you can always get better at those; but I want to improve my strength and speed off ice.
Which NHL player would you compare yourself to?
I like to model my game after Jonathan Toews.
You’ve played for Team Nova Scotia and served as an assistant captain at both the Canada Games and the Gatorade Challenge this year, on top of your league MVP award and scoring titles. What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The Canada games was an amazing experience. Playing out in B.C. at the highest level you can on such a big stage against the best players your age in the country. It was an awesome experience.
You are one of only two maritime players ranked in the first round by QMJHL central scouting. What does that mean for you?
It’s nice to see. It means a lot. You know Maritimers are real proud people and to be representing Novs Scotia means a lot.
What are your thoughts heading into the draft on Saturday?
I just want to let it all play out. Take it all in and enjoy every moment, you’re never going to be able to do it again, so I just want to take it all in and enjoy every minute.
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