Harvard University’s Henry Bowlby is making the most of his opportunity at this week’s Bruins Development Camp.
Coming off of a freshman season in which he tallied 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 24 games and finished with a plus-11 rating for the Crimson — good for fourth-best on his team — Bowlby received a camp invite from the Bruins.
Although the Edina, Minnesota native performed at a high level during his first year at the NCAA level, he wasn’t quite expecting an invitation to any camp and was happy with the opportunity to play only a few miles away from his college campus.
“I found out about halfway through the season and I wasn’t expecting it. I was really surprised and excited when I found out,” Bowlby said. “It’s been awesome. The city of Boston has treated me so well and honestly, I love being out here.”
The 21-year-old lefty has been impressive so with his silky hands, skating ability and tremendous ice vision. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he has the rare combination of speed and agility, while still being sturdy on the puck.
“Good skater with elite speed as the scouts would say,” Bruins director of player development Jamie Langenbrunner said following Day 3 of Camp on Thursday. “I’m looking forward to seeing him tomorrow in the scrimmages. Sometimes it’s hard to sort through all of the players during these drills but his skating obviously stands out.”
Before coming to camp, Bowlby noted that he reached out to former Harvard forward and current Boston Bruin Ryan Donato.
Donato and Bowlby played on the same line for the Crimson during the 2017-18 campaign before the former signed with the Bruins at the conclusion of Harvard’s season in March.
“I reached out to him a few weeks ago and then I saw him a couple days ago hanging around here so it was nice to see some familiar faces,” Bowlby said. “He gave me some advice and a few things we would be doing here at camp. It was nice, he’s a great guy.”
Bowlby has been soaking in the experience of competing against top-caliber prospects in a professional setting and hopes that it will benefit him as he returns to Harvard for his sophomore season.
“It’s been unbelievable, we’ve been treated so well. It’s been great meeting all of the guys and coaches,” Bowlby said. “I’m going to continue to train and take all of the feedback I get from this camp and I will start implementing into my game to grow and be a better player.”