Nic Dowd
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Nic Dowd

Hometown:

Huntsville Alabama

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1990-05-27

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

7th round (198th overall), 2009

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Skating with Wenatchee of the NAHL, Nic Dowd scored 49 points in 43 regular season games and performed even better in the playoff spotlight with 22 points in 13 games.  Dowd was also a stalwart on the powerplay.

2009-10: With the Indiana Ice of the USHL, Dowd posted 16 goals and 23 assists in 46 games.

2010-11: Dowd skated in 36 of 38 games for St. Cloud State as a freshman and steadily increased his offensive production. Dowd had four points in his first 17 games as he made the adjustment to college hockey but finished with 5 goals and 13 assists and was +3 with 34 PMs. The Huskies finished tied for eighth place in the tough WCHA conference and were three games below .500.

2011-12: Dowd played a top line role for St. Cloud State in his sophomore year – playing alongside Calgary Flames prospect David Eddy much of the year. He scored 11 goals with 13 assists in 39 games and was plus-two with 36 penalty minutes. The Huskies struggled to stay above .500 for much of the year; finishing sixth in the WCHA during the regular season and falling to eventual champion North Dakota in the WCHA Final Five quarterfinal game.

2012-13: Dowd was the second-leading scorer for St. Cloud State in his junior season. The Huskies’ second center behind senior Drew LeBlanc (Chicago), he scored 14 goals with 25 assists and was +6 with 41 penalty minutes in 42 games. St. Cloud State finished tied with Minnesota for first in the WCHA and rebounded from a loss to Wisconsin in the WCHA semifinals to reach the Frozen Four. The Huskies defeated Notre Dame (5-1) and Miami (4-1) to capture the NCAA Midwest Regional before falling to Quinnipiac, 4-1, in the Frozen Four semifinals.

2013-14: Dowd signed a one-year entry-level contract with Los Angeles following his senior year at St. Cloud State and made his pro hockey debut with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs in April 2014. He had 3 assists and was +1 with no penalties in seven regular season games. The Monarchs finished first in the Atlantic Division but were defeated by Norfolk in four games in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Dowd played in all four playoff games, scoring his first professional goal, and had an even plus/minus with no penalties. Dowd was the second-leading scorer for St. Cloud State behind fellow Kings’ prospect Jonny Brodzinski. He scored a team-high 22 goals and had 19 assists in 38 games, finishing +17 with 32 penalty minutes. The Huskies captured the first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference regular season title and reached the finals of the NCAA West Regional. After being swept by Miami in a two-game NCHA quarterfinal series, St. Cloud State defeated Notre Dame 4-3 in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinal before falling to Minnesota, 4-0.

Talent Analysis

Dowd plays a high-energy style of game, often times getting into opponents' faces and has some offensive ability. In his first season of pro hockey following a four-year college career at St. Cloud State, he is more of a playmaker than a true scorer. ON aspect of his game that makes him popular with scouts and teammates is his willingness to go into the hard areas to create scoring chances or gain possession of the puck.

Future

Dowd attended his first NHL training camp with the Kings before being assigned to AHL affiliate Manchester at the start of the 2014-15 season. A solid two-way presence in the Monarchs' lineup as a rookie, he has provided hardness on the forecheck while chipping in offensively. Long-term Dowd's offensive potential appears limited when compared to some of the other high impact forward prospects in the Los Angeles system. The strength of his game, however, is his ability to fill a variety of roles and willingness to use his body to advantage.

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