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Eau Claire's Jake Dowell discusses role with Wild

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Dowell takes part in Tuesday morning's team skate-around Dowell takes part in Tuesday morning's team skate-around
Dowell knows his role with the Wild Dowell knows his role with the Wild
Wild head coach Mike Yeo Wild head coach Mike Yeo

St. Paul, MN (WQOW) -- The Minnesota Wild recalled three players from their Houston AHL affiliate on Monday, including Eau Claire native and former Badger Jake Dowell.

In the team's news release, the Wild wrote that they wanted to add more grit and experience to the roster. Dowell has both of those qualities, according to head coach Mike Yeo.

"He knows what his role is, he's going to go in a straight line, he's going to finish checks, and he's going to be responsible defensively, he's a guy that's very well respected within our locker room and you know, I certainly believe that he's going to go out and help us get to our game," says Yeo.

"I'm not a guy that has a lot of sexy numbers out there, you know, I have a handful of points and I play hard and I do a lot of things that maybe go unnoticed to the untrained eye, and that's kind of something that teammates and coaches and management respect and I think that's what I hope to bring," says Dowell. "You know, play well defensively, and be tough to play against, be a guy that other lines don't want to play against, creates energy, gets a buzz going in the building, and that's something that everybody else can feed off of."

The Wild is stumbling down the stretch of the NHL season. Minnesota is 3-6-1 in its last 10 games and finds itself in a three-way battle for the final two playoff sports in the Western Conference.

"You know, this is the most crucial time right now, there's three games left and we hold our own destiny in our hands, I think it's nice to finally to get here and get in a game and hopefully help out any way I can," says Dowell.

Yeo adds: "This last little stretch we've been a little too easy to play against, and we got to make sure we get back to being a physical team, get back to being a team that plays very well without the puck."

The Wild hope the roster moves make a difference with just three regular season games remaining. The first of those games is Tuesday night against the defending champion Los Angeles Kings.
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