Thursday, August 23, 2012

A New Face In The State Of Hockey: Jake Dowell

Jake Dowell
198 lbs
Shoots: Left
Born: March 4, 1985
Birthplace: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

For those wondering, when did the Wild sign Jake Dowell? Well, he was signed about an hour before guys named Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed on with the team. (No, that is no way implying Jake Dowell helped bring Parise and Suter here)

There is not much you can say about Jake Dowell except for the fact he will drop the gloves when he needs to.

In his short NHL career, Dowell has racked up 133 penalty minutes in his 154 games played. In 08-09 with Rockford, Dowell spent 128 minutes in the box in his 75 games played.

He has scored a few goals in his time, but please by no means expect him to do so, while wearing a Wild sweater (11-22-33 line in his NHL career).

(Here's rare footage of a Jake Dowell goal)

Dowell projects as a fourth liner, who should only see time with the club if big bruisers Zenon Konopka and Matt Kassian are unable to play. So look for him to spend more time with Houston this year, protecting the club's best prospects.

Dowell was a 5th round pick in 2004 by Chicago, and made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in 07-08. He is coming off a season spent with the Dallas Stars where he posted a line of 2-5-7 in 52 games and had 53 penalty minutes.

Welcome to the Team of 18,001, Jake Dowell.

This is the first part of a 5 part series on the Wild's free agent signings this offseason. Tomorrow's new face will be Zenon Konopka

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