Our first defenseman battle of 2017-18 features two who, despite their young ages, are arguably the most important rearguards on their respective teams – Cam Fowler and Morgan Rielly. What poolies want to know is whether one, both, or neither will eventually post fantasy stats rivaling their real-world skill and value. Cage Match is here to find out!
Career Path and Contract Status
Fowler, 25, was the tenth overall selection in 2010 and jumped directly to the NHL. He proceeded to post 40 points in 76 games, joining Tyler Myers as just the second teenaged defender since 1996-97 to post 40+ points as an NHL rookie. Unfortunately, like Myers, Fowler has since failed to even equal, let alone best, his rookie output