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.

 

Talent Analysis

Dowd is a raw forward who is still finding his style of play. He plays a high-energy style of game, often times getting into opponents faces but also has some offensive ability. Dowd had a fantastic 2012-13 with St. Cloud State, setting career highs in points and competing in the Frozen Four for the first time.

 

Future

Dowd is coming off a tremendous season and one of considerable importance in his career. He was a leader on the St. Cloud State squad that went to the Frozen Four in this year’s NCAA championships. Dowd progressed his offensive game as well with 39 points in 41 games. With both captains Drew LeBlanc and Ben Hanowski graduating, the now senior Dowd could be in line for the captaincy of the 2013-14 season.

 

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