Trade: Kings land Subban from Canucks

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A pair of teams on the West Coast waited for most of the East to fall asleep before hooking up on a trade.

Early Friday morning, the Los Angeles Kings shipped center Nic Dowd to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenseman Jordan Subban.

It’s official, every one of the Subban brothers has been moved during their careers (P.K. was traded from Montreal to Nashville, Malcolm was claimed off waivers by Vegas from Boston).

Subban is an under-sized blue liner that has the ability to move the puck. The 5-foot-9, 178-pounder was drafted in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL draft, but he was never able to crack Vancouver’s lineup.

The 22-year-old put up back-to-back 36-point seasons over the last two years with AHL Utica. This year, he has five assists in 16 AHL contests.

As for Dowd, he’s played in 16 games with the Kings in 2017-18. He’s recorded just one assist and a minus-3 rating during that stretch.

The 27-year-old had been a healthy scratch in each of Los Angeles’ last three contests.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.