The Ottawa Senators selects in the 2009 draft pick 24-year-old Corey Cowick from Gloucester, ONT. The big left winger recently agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Ottawa during the off-season. Corey comes as a gritty, late bloomer starting to find his offensive stride lately and realizes this year will be a crucial one for his future in the organization.
Cowick played four seasons in the OHL before his arrival in Binghamton. Current Iowa Wild and former B-Sens coach Kurt Kleinendorst had nowhere to fit Cowick in on a loaded 2010-’11 B-Sens team that season and was promptly shipped off to Elmira. Corey struggled as he split his time in Elmira, 5 goals and 9 assists in 31 games and in Bingo 1 goal, 3 assists in 30 games. His development remained underachieving the following season as well with 8 goals, 5 assists in 22 games for the Jackals and for Sens, 5 goals 6 assists in 53 games. The B-Sens would eventually win the Calder Cup Championship without Corey participating.
-Corey finds new confidence in his new role
The 2012-’13 season starts and in comes a new coach and a new attitude in Cowick. His camp in Bingo was solid during the lock out season as Luke Richardson adjusted him mentally and set positive criticisms. The hard-working forward responded by scoring pro highs 16 goals and 19 assists in 72 games and a +8 while playing mainly with Dustin Gazley and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Cowick is now discovering his confidence like never before as he begins his 2nd full season in Bingo and has now just started to round out his offensive abilities.
He has filled out his big 6′ 3″ 210 frame and uses it to his advantage by playing hard and getting dirty in the corners, as well as throwing some punishing checks. Cowick gets in your face playing the agitator role which suits his style of game just fine and has also become a great addition on the pk by his relentless forechecking and by blocking shots while he continues to improve on his defensive game.
-Cowick off to a good start this season
Corey helped jump-start the B-Sens off with a goal in the 3rd period comeback thriller opening night against rival Syracuse for the 4-3 OT win. He played on the 4th line with Cole Schneider and Wacey Hamilton. Cowick is not afraid to drop the gloves and stick up for his team mates and plays that agitator role as he tried to mix it up with Crunch Philippe Paradis to no avail after he leveled out Captain Mark Borowiecki.
This past weekend saw the B-Sens play in Norfolk for back to back games and besides Friday’s night forgettable 5-0 shutout, Bingo bounced back the next night with a 4-1 victory and for Cowick adding an assist on Jim O’Brien‘s empty netter as Bingo was playing shorthanded with the game on the line. Corey is currently tied for the team lead with 2 points with four others and a +1 in three games and help getting the Senators off to a 2-1 start, good for third place in the always tight East Division.
B-Sens fans will always root for the underdog, and Cowick seems to fit that bill as he is now a candidate for the next captain role if Boro gets called up. His leadership and off ice characteristics should also eventually get him the opportunity to play in Ottawa to display just how far he has progressed lately.
AHL Projected Totals: 19 Goals 26 Assists
B-Sens Man Of The Year Honors
Oct 10 opening night win vs Syracuse and Cowick’s 3rd period tally.
Next up: Defensiveman Fredrik Claesson