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Minnesota Wild 2014 free agent analysis: Jake Dowell

Jake Dowell (18) fights with Cody Bass of the Columbus Blue Jackets during a preseason game. Dowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jake Dowell (18) fights with Cody Bass of the Columbus Blue Jackets during a preseason game. Dowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Wild have few roster spots with the emergence of their young stars. However, a few players still need to supplement the roster. The Wild enter the offseason with 13 unrestricted free agents and eight restricted free agents.

Here is unrestricted free agent center Jake Dowell.

2013-14 Team(s): Iowa Wild (AHL), Minnesota Wild (NHL)

2013-14 Statistics: 57 games played, 7 goals, 12 assists, 19 points, minus-15 rating, 56 penalty minutes, 1 power play goal, 1 shorthanded goal, 80 shots on goal (Iowa); 1 game played, minus-1 rating, 1 shot on goal (Minnesota)

Outlook: It is highly unlikely the Wild will re-sign Dowell. He was called up a couple times this season and appeared in just one game. Over his two year contract with the Wild, he has played three games in the NHL over six separate call ups, including this postseason.

The 29-year-old center is a penalty killer and grinder. He could fit onto the Wild’s roster if the team trades or releases Kyle Brodziak.

The other way is if he is signed to be the 13th forward, which means he would be a situational forward that is a healthy scratch most of the season. He is still young enough to earn regular shifts in the NHL, so he will probably not like that scenario.

Dowell’s situation with the Wild will become more clear when either the Eau Claire, Wisc. native signs elsewhere or Brodziak’s situation is resolved.