I believe Dowling is technically a NHL free agent, so while he has an AHL contract with Texas, a NHL team can come swoop him up.
He's one of the best players for Texas right now. He knows how to move the puck and is very much a playmaker, a pass first type guy. That said he can score goals. He's also good defensively and backchecks fairly well I believe.
He's a bit on the small side. I think he can be one of those boom or busts type prospects.
metal? why? too scrawny? what? just interested in the kid
He had "homesick" issues when he was on loan in Finland, and honestly I just don't see him having the defensive chops to stick it in the small rink. It's just a hunch, but to me he's a prototypical big ice player.