5 under the radar names that could be acquired at the trade deadline

The NHL trade deadline is two weeks away, and there are a lot of names that will be floating around in rumors.

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Nic Dowd is a forward that the Washington Capitals could trade away

Usually, the center market at the trade deadline is the most coveted among all positions. However, this year the lack of impact centers available at the deadline has allowed some interesting names to float to the top of the buyer's radar.

Nic Dowd is not a household name and he is not much of a point-getter. However, he is one of the best defensive forwards in the entire NHL and is great in the faceoff circle.

When post-season play comes around puck possession off the draw and shutdown defense in the middle of the ice are incredibly important. Dowd is one of the league's best at both.

Washington could look to capitalize on the value of Dowd's defensive prowess and gather a first-round pick from a contending team but a trade structured to the Tanner Jeannot trade to Tampa Bay last season is a likely outcome.

At 1.3 million dollars for the next two years, Dowd could be a buy-low candidate for a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs or Dallas Stars looking to take their team to the next level defensively.

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