A solid two-way forward who showcases some quality skill and offensive instincts. He may not boast an incredible ceiling but he has the opportunity to be a quality middle-six producer.
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April 2021 – One of the more interesting and divisive prospects in the draft class, the opinions on Dower-Nilsson vary. He plays a skilled game with a good set of hands that he uses to create space and some creative passing that opens his teammates up for quality chances. He is a decent shooter in his own right as well but it is his ability to send passes to high danger and find the open man through traffic is that attracts many to his game. His defensive game has been very good at times with a good stick and tendency to pickpocket opponents with seemingly no effort, Dower-Nilsson has some very underrated aspects to his game. He isn’t a burner by any means but he is a good skater and uses his deceptive hands to create space. One of the bigger concerns in his game is that he doesn’t penetrate the home plate area enough to be a translatable scorer at the next level so there may have to be a mindset shift if he wants to remain a dual-threat attacker who can help balance out a line and provide a varied attack. His development could very well hinge on whether a team can get him to be a bit more aggressive on his feet in the offensive zone and if he can round out a physical game that shows up at times but doesn’t seem to be there consistently. With the skill and creativity he has as a passer, some team is going to have an interesting prospect on their hands after the first round. Tony Ferrari