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Pilot’s Logbook 2018-19: Adam Lowry

Our logbook series continues today with a look at Adam Lowry who has established himself as a strong defensive forward that can help make other players around him better to a degree, but going forward into next season could maybe use a little bit of help of his own.

You can find a list and links to logbooks for other Jets this season by checking out the prologue.

ADAM LOWRY
#17 – LEFT WING
6’5″ / 210 lbs / Age: 26

THE NUMBERS

ADAM LOWRY 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON STATS
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2018-19 78 12 11 23 6 33 105 11.4 178 14:38 643 473 57.6 49 223 42 23
Career 359 53 60 113 8 192 474 11.2 789 14:40 2473 2313 51.7 213 1006 149 83
ADAM LOWRY 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON ADVANCED STATS
Cors Cors Cors Cors Fenw Fenw Fenw Fenw PDO PDO PDO PDO PDO Zone Zone
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 78 957.8 908 898 50.3 1.6 662 649 50.5 1.9 34 7.2 31 93.2 100.5 41.7 58.3
Career 359 4347.0 3893 3784 50.7 -0.2 2872 2775 50.9 0.2 152 7.4 157 92.1 99.5 44.5 55.5

CONTRACT STATUS

This past season was the first year of a three year, $8,750,000 deal signed on July 19, 2018 with his cap hit at $2,916,666. Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent when his contract expires July 2021 (Source: NHLNumbers.com)

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PLAYER’S SEASON IN REVIEW

Lowry continues to be a reliable player on the Jets bottom six forward group, typically playing on the team’s third line. His offensive numbers did pick up a little bit this season which was more a product of him being able to stay healthy as he was only in 45 games the season before compared to the 78 he played in this season. His point per game average took a pretty big hit though dipping from .466 in the 2017-18 season to this season’s .295 mark.

Source: HockeyViz.com

Adam isn’t exactly leaned on for providing scoring as it’s his defensive play that has kept him a regular in the lineup. As you can see above, he started a lot more plays in the defensive end of the ice especially in the last third of the season when the Jets struggled with overall team defense and zone exits. Lowry is ok at helping move the puck out of his own zone, but where he really shines is being able to limit any scoring chances down low and in front of his own net both playing even strength 5 on 5 and on the penalty kill.

Lowry’s reliability does mean he usually sees a little bit of variety in his linemates, but as you may have noticed there was one constant in his life: Brandon Tanev. Until his hand injury late in the season, Tanev and Lowry were about as exclusive a line pairing as Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler were. Other linemates – Andrew Copp, Mathieu Perreault, Bryan Little and even Patrik Laine for a handful of games – were tried out and a lot of it again had to do with Lowry being a steady performer on the ice and one that could actually help his teammates.

Source: HockeyViz.com

Make note of two players on this chart, Lowry’s “TLC” linemates Copp (circled in black) and Tanev (circled in green). Both of them saw improvements in their own game when they played with Adam, with Tanev’s being quite a dramatic swing. To be fair Tanev’s 143 minutes without Lowry is a small sample size, but it’s hard to imagine Tanev posts the career numbers he did this season without the steady influence of Lowry on the ice with him.

One other note to make from his past season is that Lowry did receive a two suspension early in March for a stick swinging incident.

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THE PLAYOFFS

Adam Lowry 2019 Playoff Stats
Season GP G A PTS +/- PIM S S% TSA ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK
2018-19 6 1 0 1 -1 0 6 16.7 10 14:20 55 46 54.5 2 12 2
Career 27 2 4 6 -5 10 32 6.3 59 13:44 177 182 49.3 12 71 6
Adam Lowry 2019 Playoff Advanced Stats
Season GP TOI CF CA CF% CF% rel FF FA FF% FF% rel oiGF oiSH% oiGA oiSV% PDO oZS% dZS%
2018-19 6 86.0 68 86 44.2 -7.0 52 59 46.8 -2.9 2 5.4 6 86.7 92.1 32.4 67.6
Career 27 370.6 332 395 45.7 -7.6 251 276 47.6 -5.2 10 5.6 19 90.3 95.9 31.5 68.5

Lowry again was leaned on for his defense as he was reunited with his TLC linemates and the Jets used them as an energy line to help shut down the Blues top lines. Their most noteable moment came offensively though as they started game five of their series against the Blues with the quickest goal scored in franchise history to open a playoff game.

WHAT WE SAID A YEAR AGO

His 56.6% CF% – Corsi for at even strength – was tied for the best on the Jets with Mathieu Perreault. Anything over 50% typically means that the team had more control over puck possession when Lowry was on the ice. For the sake of a quick comparison, Selke trophy nominees Sean Couturier (53.2) and Anze Kopitar (53.1) ranked lower while Patrice Bergeron (57.3) who may be considered one of the best in the NHL did rank higher.

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FUTURE OUTLOOK

It’s hard to say that this season was an outright disappointment for Lowry – he was as reliable as any Jets through the course of 82 games. His offensive game struggled and he wasn’t given time on the teams power play as he had been in previous seasons, mostly due to more offensive minded optioned being available to Paul Maurice. Next season could be an interesting one as he may be without his primary linemate Tanev who could be lost to free agency. Andrew Copp could (or at least should) also get a look as the team’s second line center. As we’ve seen, Lowry doesn’t seem to have any issues carrying his own line, but it would be nice to see some help for him on the wings to get his offensive game back on track.

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FINAL GRADE: B-

  • I like him as a 4th line player but as a 3rd liner Maurice plays him way too much and he take minutes away from players that can put the puck in the net. Its time to package him with a couple of players, Perreault, Kulikov, Little to get the team a solid two way 2nd liner who can score and take the pressure off the Jets top 2 lines.