The NHL lockout may have ended, but that doesn't mean that our coverage of Winnipeg Jets' prospects ends too. Arctic Ice Hockey will continue to focus on how the Winnipeg Jets' prospects are performing this season. In this feature, we place the spotlight on Winnipeg Jets prospect and 2011 3rd round draft choice Adam Lowry. Enjoy!
Adam Lowry is the Winnipeg Jets' 3rd round draft choice in 2011. He is also the son of Dave Lowry, a veteran of 19 NHL seasons who has also served time as an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames, and has spent the last several seasons as a head coach in the WHL. He grew up around the game. His father played, then coached it. Lowry is also an NHL draft pick playing his draft +2 year (as in, his second post-draft season). So you see, Adam Lowry is supposed to be good.
After scoring at a point-per-game pace last season before being sidelined with a wrist injury, Lowry was expected to be a very productive player this season. But amidst the NHL's return and all of the excitement surrounding it, we've lost track of some of other Winnipeg Jets'-related stories, including losing track of just how good Adam Lowry been lately. While the NHL claimed the headlines, Lowry has very quietly put together a newsworthy campaign of his own.
'How good has Adam Lowry been?', you ask. Well, two games ago, Lowry had his 21 game point streak snapped, the longest in the WHL this season. For 21 freakin' games in a row since way back in November, Lowry hit the score sheet every game. In that span, the Swift Current Broncos' captain scored 21 goals, 16 assists, and 37 points. As of writing this, Lowry is tied for 3rd in the WHL in goals, and 4th in points. Lowry has carried the Broncos to respectability with his 32 goals and 66 points on the season, while nobody else on the team has even 20 goals or 45 points. Lowry was, understandably, named the WHL Player of the Month for the month for December, a month in which Lowry scored 13 goals and 21 points in just 11 games. Even more impressive is that seven of those 11 contests took place on the road.
Is this perhaps overkill? Probably, but it's not like the Winnipeg Jets have a lot of other prospects to get excited about. What does this mean for his future? What does it say about his NHL potential? Or about Jets management? Who knows, I suppose we can debate that in the comments. In any case, a streak like Lowry's at least deserves some thought and attention. Congratulations, Mr. Lowry.