We have seen a number of fantastic young rookies all season long in the NHL, both in the regular season and postseason. Ottawa’s Mark Stone and Calgary’s John Gaudreau split the regular season rookie scoring title with 64 points in 80 games. Nashville’s Filip Forsberg has played top-line minutes nearly all year and played in all 82 games while recording 63 points. Florida’s Aaron Ekblad broke rookie defenseman scoring records with 39 points in 81 games.
All of these players are fantastic and have an extremely bright future ahead but there has been one rookie overshadowed, and that’s Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry.
The soon to be 23-year-old forward was coming off of a solid season with the St. Johns IceCaps headed into this NHL season with 33 points (17G, 16A) in 64 games played. He looked to make his NHL debut this year and he did so, playing in 80 games for the Jets. In those contests he scored 11 times and added 12 helpers along the way.
That’s a solid stat line for a player that averaged just 13:45 of ice time per contest. No, not the scoresheet you see attached to the likes of the names mentioned previously but Lowry played a key role in the Jets’ success in the regular season battling in front of the net with anyone he comes face-to-face with.
Lowry also contributed a bit for Winnipeg in the special teams department this season. He averaged over 30 seconds per game on both the power play and penalty kill for the Jets with three assists while on the man advantage along with a short handed goal, helping Winnipeg lead the NHL in that department.
It’s also worth noting that the young forward ended the regular season with 104 shots on net which ranked 14th among rookies. His average of 1.3 shots per night and a shooting percentage of 10.6% is rather impressive.
The 2011 third-round draft pick has made an even bigger impact for the Jets in their first-round series with the Ducks. Lowry has found the scoresheet in all three games with a goal in the first game and an assist in each of the following two. Yes, the Jets found themselves down three games to none in the series but the rookie has lead the way for the Jets in playoff points in the three games, all of which have come down to the wire.
If the #NHLJets get out of this, I'm thinking we're going to be hearing a lot about Adam Lowry.
— Jeff Hamilton (@jeffkhamilton) April 21, 2015
Winnipeg has not managed to put enough pucks on net as they’ve been out shot by a rather large margin in two of the three games. Lowry also reflects that as he’s only had three shots through the three games but lighting the lamp with one of those.
The St. Louis, Missouri native has had an under-the-radar type year thanks to stellar play from some others around the league. This seems to happen every season, and isn’t a bad thing for the NHL by any means.
Players like Lowry need to be given a bit of a spotlight. The young forward has done it all and is noticeable on the ice, in a good way, night in and night out. Lowry has a nice future ahead of him if he continues to play at the level he did this past season and possibly throughout the playoffs if the Jets can get past the Ducks.