Once again it's that time of year here on Defending Big D where we take a look at each player that suited up for 20 or more games this season (and are still with the team) - and take a look back at their season. What was good about it, what wasn't so good, and the lasting impression they left us as we go into summer.
#11 / Center / Dallas Stars
Mar 04, 1985
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Key Stat: 7:37 TOI/G - Last season, in 79 games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Dowell averaged nearly 12 minutes a game and put up a career-high 21 points. This season, playing primarily on the fourth line and rotating with other players as a healthy scratch, Dowell received the least amount of ice time on the team for any player that appeared in more than one game.
The Good: Dowell was one of the more effective players at puck possession, even in limited minutes, and generally seemed to be able to come out on the positive when it came to scoring chance differential. He also seemed to find his scoring touch a bit the second half of the season and provided some nifty plays on offense, especially when able to set up shop behind the net.
The Bad: Dowell was signed to provide depth on a team that sorely needed it and after putting up 21 points last season with Chicago, it was hoped that he'd help provide some secondary scoring for the Stars as well. Yet he was able to muster just seven points on the season and averaged the least amount of time for any regular player on the roster.
The Bottom Line: Personally, I enjoyed having Dowell on the team and I thought he was grossly underutilized by Coach Gulutzan. His scoring wasn't anywhere near what we expected but he was one of the more effective players on the bottom of the roster as far as possession skills go, and was one of the few players willing to step up and fight when needed.
The Vote: Rate Dowell on a scale of A to F (A being the best of course) based on his performance relative to his potential and your expectations for the season.