Imagine this: you wait your entire life to be selected in the NHL Draft. The day comes. Your family sits around you in the seats at Staples Center. You have a nice new suit. You're expected to go in the top five, if not third overall. You drop out of those five. Then six and seven. Then the top ten.
The 12th pick comes up, and it belongs to the Anaheim Ducks. They hate the Ducks in this building -- and the fans are vocal about it. The Ducks pick you. Hooray! BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Rough draft day.
Fowler was part of the loaded Windsor Spitfires team that easily won the Memorial Cup this past season and was seventh overall among defenseman in OHL regular season scoring.
Our Rangers site, Blueshirt Banter had this to say about Fowler:
As we saw in the World Junior Championships back in January, Fowler is a dynamic offensive-defenseman who has always been known to put up stunning numbers for a blue-liner. For that reason, I would compare Fowler to Mike Green of the Washington Capitals. Green is talented offensively but is not as steady in his own zone. That is the exact description that is most commonly applied to Fowler.
The Rangers could've taken Fowler at number 9, but they uh, didn't. The Anaheim Ducks were looking to replace a hall-of-fame defenseman in Scott Niedermayer, and Fowler is a decent start.