Looking ahead to Jacob Fowler’s sophomore season

Jacob Fowler dominated the NCAA in his freshman season, but what does he have in store for year two?
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The Montreal Canadiens hopeful starting goaltender of the future had an unforgettable freshman season in the NCAA, how can he follow it up?

I'm betting on Jacob Fowler having a brilliant sophomore year, after playing in the Frozen Four and most nights performing like the best player on his team. The way he borders the line of confidence and cockiness is impressive when you consider just how dominant he can be when he is locked in. With a Hockey East Championship under his belt along with a World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal, it will be tough to follow up.

But if anybody can do it, it is Fowler, who thrives in the biggest moments and the highest levels of pressure. Following up a Clark Cup Championship season, with MVP honours with a Hockey East Championship was impressive. But falling short in the Frozen Four could be just what motivates Fowler to elevate his game to another level.

Fowler's record during his 2022-23 season with the United States Hockey League's Youngstown Phantom was 27-9-3. So moving up to a higher level, while expectations were high, Fowler did better than that. In one less game, Fowler posted a 32-6-1 record.

With a younger team and expectations still high, Fowler will need to be as good if not better than he was this season. James Hagens should electrify the league and be relied upon heavily for offence, especially with Will Smith foregoing his NCAA eligibility to sign his entry-level deal with the San Jose Sharks. While the complexion of the team may change, Fowler will surely continue to look at things as - business as usual.

While it is hard to predict what Fowler's season may turn out like, I think it would be silly to think he doesn't play even better. Betting against him would only intensify the fire inside, which we have come to know burns so very hot. Perhaps another Hockey East Championships, a handful of shutouts and a Frozen Four championship win might be on the horizon.

As Fowler stated, he doesn't want it easy and he wants the bright lights. Thankfully for him, Montreal and the Bell Centre have some of the brightest lights and most passionate fans.