Bowen Byram finished the 2018-19 regular season with 71 points in 67 contests, including 26 goals that ranked first among all WHL blue-liners. Earlier this year, Byram was recognized as the CHL Player of the Week following a franchise record-setting performance when he put up five points in a single game. Over part of three seasons with the Vancouver Giants, the 17-year-old product of Cranbrook, B.C., has recorded 32 goals and 66 assists for 98 points in 138 games.
Central Scouting’s second-ranked North American skater ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft, Byram continued to draw attention through the WHL postseason, guiding the Giants to Game 7 of the Ed Chynoweth Cup Final. In 22 postseason appearances, Byram collected eight goals and 18 assists for a team-leading 26 points that also sat atop the WHL in playoff scoring.
The Giants selected Byram with the third-overall selection in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.
Byram is the first WHL player to claim the Sherwin-Williams Top Prospect Award since Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings) in 2017. Finalists for the award this year also included Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs, who ranks seventh among North American skaters, and Raphael Lavoie of the Halifax Mooseheads, who is listed 20th overall.