In this installment of What Would You Do Wednesday, I want to
see how you, the readers, would handle the development of Adam Lowry. I hope to
get some of you to discuss what would be best for the rookie forward. Don’t
hold back and fight for what you believe in.
2011 draft pick Adam Lowry, made the NHL starting roster in his
second full season of professional hockey. Last season Lowry played for
the St. Johns IceCaps in the American Hockey League putting up 17 goals and 16
assists in 64 games.
Lowry began the season playing left wing on the third line with
Mathieu Perreault centering and Michael Frolik on the right side. Lowry never
struggled playing on the wing but he wasn’t producing in anyway with his large
6’5 frame. Head Coach Paul Maurice made the decision to move Lowry to centre in
Winnipeg’s fifth game of the season. It wasn’t until the Jets next game,
against Carolina, that Adam registered his first career NHL point. Which was
the game-winning goal of a 3-1 victory.
Since then Lowry has failed to contribute to the Jets
offensively, being held pointless in seven straight games. But Lowry has been
decent in other aspects of the game, boasting a 43% faceoff percentage,
averaging a little over 12 minutes per game, and registering 19 shots in 13
games this season. Lowry is in the top 15 for faceoff percentage amongst
rookies and tied for fifth in shots.
Options for developing Lowry for Winnipeg could include:
Lowry back to the wing, allowing him to focus more on his offensive game.
· Sending him
back down to the AHL, where he can play more substantial minutes in a top-6
role. Players that could be called up in his place include, Eric O’Dell, John
Albert or Carl Klingberg.
the way the team is developing the young forward right now, allowing him to
play moderate minutes and focus on his all-around game, through almost a trial
by fire form of growth.
HOW IT WORKS
Feel free to lets us know how you would develop a player like
Lowry, would you keep him up in the NHL, or send him down to the minors? Would
you keep him on a line with Perreault and Byfuglien? Why? If not, who would you
replace on his line? You tell us in What Would You Do Wednesday!