C Jake Dowell
Age: 26 (Born March 4, 1985)
Height/Weight: 6'0"/199 pounds
The Stars went into free agency looking to add a lot of depth to their team, and with the addition of Jake Dowell with a one year, $800,000 contract. Dowell has played intermittently with the Chicago Blackhawks during his career and spent his first full year in the NHL during the 2010-2011 season.
In 79 games last season, he had 21 points (6 goals, 15 assists) while playing on the depth lines and his role with the Stars will be much of the same. Much like their previous forward signings of Vernon Fiddler and Radek Dvorak, Dowell is a good penalty-killer and a solid man to take face-offs. The Stars basically signed an entire penalty-killing line with those three signings as they try to shore up a penalty kill that was ranked 23 (out of 30) in the NHL last year.
Dowell also really likes to fight, as numerous videos on youtube will show. If nothing else, Steve Ott has a new buddy who will help him out in fights.
Here's Dowell wailing on former Star Brandon Segal. If Dallas re-signs Segal sometime in the future, will this be brought up?