Previous Rank: 7th
Adam Lowry is the type of player scouts and coaches rave about and thus far he has been no exception. McCambridge did not hide his love for Lowry.
Lowry started his first pro-hockey season (and only second season as a centre) with mixed results. He was a player for the IceCaps almost instantly, putting in minutes as the third line centre plus some penalty kill time. Offense though took longer to come to the big, 6'5 centre. How much of this was transitioning to the pro-level and how much was injuries early in the year remains to be seen.
There is some concerns with Lowry's late season production, as it seemed to be predominately shooting percentage driven. Lowry has never been a high-end playmaker-type centre, so much of his offense will need to come from shot volume; however, Lowry struggled to put up high quantity of shots throughout the season.
While Lowry has the size, IQ, and defensive acumen to play defensive assignments in the NHL without looking completely lost, the Jets will likely leave Lowry in the AHL one more year to work on his offensive game. With the IceCaps transitioning to a younger forward squad, Lowry may get the top six and power play opportunities that he lacked last season.
His fall in ranking has more to do with the Jets adding a blue chip in Nikolaj Ehlers and the emergence of some top prospects, rather than any fault of his own.
AIH Authors' Thoughts:
Coaches love Adam Lowry. He is big. He is strong. He is smart. He has has sound defensive positioning. On the other hand his offense didn't transfer to pro as well as one would hope. It will be interesting to see what the Jets do with Lowry. He could perhaps step in to a spot on the fourth line right now, but more some more time may help to refine him and unleash a little more offense.
Adam Lowry has the size that NHL teams covet, and his move to the middle has lots of people salivating at the idea of having a huge pivot in the Jets lineup. But an inconsistent first season of pro, which was hampered by injury and illness, has perhaps dampened expectations. Having said that, he’s still an intriguing prospect who could look great as a 3rd-liner in the near future. Hopefully he pans out, as the success of the 2011 draft (beyond Scheifele) depends on him.
Big, smart, fun, gritty, etc... Lowry has the attributes coaches, scouts, and fans love in the bottom six. The only real questions that remain are: how effective will Lowry be in the NHL and can he provide some supportive offense?
2013 Top 25 Under 25 - Adam Lowry