Friday, December 8, 2017
NHL trade review: Kings acquire mini Subban for Dowd
The Vancouver Canucks have acquired center Nic Dowd from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for defenseman Jordan Subban.
The Canucks need a center. Especially with top center Bo Horvat out for six weeks. Dowd's faceoff percentage is over 50 percent, which is good. Subban wasn't developing, so they dealt him.
Dowd, 27, has scored one point, an assist, in 16 games this season. In his NHL career, all for the Kings, Dowd has scored six goals and 17 assists for 23 points in 91 games.
Subban's brother, P.K., is a Norris winner who is famous for his slap-shot, good charity work and others. The Kings must have seen some flashes of his older brother, and traded for Jordan.
Subban, 22, has never played in the NHL. In the AHL for the Utica Comets this year, Subban has scored five points, all assists, in 16 games.
I think the Canucks win this deal. Subban hasn't proven that he can play at the NHL level, which Dowd has. That's why they win.