ANAHEIM, Calif. The Anaheim Ducks
announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Cam Fowler
to a five-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.
We're excited to sign Cam to a long-term contract, said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray
. He's a character kid with a great chance to become an elite NHL defenseman.
Fowler, 20 (12/5/91), scored 5-24=29 points with 18 penalty minutes with the Ducks last season. He was one of six Anaheim players to appear in all 82 regular season games, marking a career high. Fowler led Anaheim defensemen in assists and points, while ranking second overall on the team in time-on-ice (TOI; 23:15). Among NHL leaders, Fowler finished the year tied for fifth in TOI per shift (57 seconds). He appeared in his 100th career NHL game on Nov. 30, 2011 vs. Montreal.
Selected by Anaheim in the first round (12th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Fowler made his NHL debut in 2010-11. He scored 10-30-40 points with 20 PIM in 76 games, becoming the lone defenseman and one of five players from the 2010 Draft to play the complete NHL season. Fowler finished the season ranked third among rookies in avg. TOI (22:07), tied for third in assists, tied for fourth in power play goals (6), and tied for first in power play assists (17) and power play points. Among rookie defensemen, he ranked second in goals and points, and tied for second in assists. Fowler currently holds Ducks franchise records for goals and points by a rookie defenseman, and assists by a rookie. The 6-1, 205-pound defenseman also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in 2011, scoring 1-3=4 points with two PIM in six games vs. Nashville.