CHICAGO – Shane Bowers, a two-year standout for the Waterloo Black Hawks, was selected by the Ottawa Senators with the 28th pick during the first round of Friday’s National Hockey League Draft at the United Center in Chicago.
Bowers was one of four Black Hawks picked by NHL teams over the weekend. Defenseman Dylan Samberg was taken in the second round Saturday by the Winnipeg Jets with the 43rd overall pick, and fellow Waterloo defenseman Mikey Anderson went in the fourth round with the Los Angeles Kings’ 103rd overall pick. Black Hawks forward Nick Swaney was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round.
Bowers becomes the third Black Hawks skater selected during the opening round, joining Vancouver’s 2015 pick Brock Boeser and the New York Rangers’ 1992 selection Peter Ferraro.
“Shane has had to put this day out of his mind for a long time, so I am thrilled that he has the opportunity to enjoy it now that it is here,” said Waterloo Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley. “Even when he first came to Waterloo as a young 16-year-old, Shane was mature beyond his years, and he has been a great representative of our organization since day one.”
Last season, Bowers was the only Black Hawk to appear in every game. He recorded 22 goals and 29 assists in 60 regular season contests to tie for the team lead in scoring. Five of his goals proved to be game-winners. The effort built on a rookie season that included 15 goals and 18 assists in 56 games.
Several of Bowers’ Waterloo teammates are also draft candidates. Selections in rounds two through seven will be made on Saturday.