Jets prospect Adam Lowry off to flying start

Swift Current Broncos forward Adam Lowry scores on Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit at Rexall...

Swift Current Broncos forward Adam Lowry scores on Oil Kings goaltender Laurent Brossoit at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., Dec. 15, 2010. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Adam Lowry is learning a new position to enhance his versatility, cherishing his return to full health and relishing the responsibility of serving as captain of the Swift Current Broncos.

The third-round pick (67th overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft is off to a solid start during his fourth Western Hockey League season, picking up nine goals and 21 points in 20 games to open the campaign.

Ive been happy with my start, Lowry said in a telephone interview from Swift Current, Sask. on Monday afternoon. I knew coming into the year it was going to be big for me because I missed the last half coming off (wrist) surgery. I wanted to get off to a good start, not only for myself but for the team.

Ive battled a little bit of inconsistency, but Ive been getting back on the right track.

Although hes been back on left wing the past few games, Lowry has mostly been used at centre, an experiment that dates back to training camp and began with a discussion he had in the summer with Broncos head coach and general manager Mark Lamb.

I was open to it, said Lowry, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 201 pounds. We felt that if I could learn a new position, it could only help my game. If you look at most successful teams, they have a couple of big guys down the middle. It helps in the defensive zone.

It took me a little time to adjust to. I dont think Ive been that tired in games, ever. You have to play a little bit more defence and youre having to keep your feet moving through all 200 feet of the rink. Its helped me a lot, allowed me to stay physical and Ive enjoyed it.

Given the emphasis the Jets have placed on character for their draft picks, its no surprise Lowry finds himself wearing the C this season after serving as an alternate last year.

Its been good. It was nice to be recognized by your teammates, said Lowry, who was chosen captain by a team vote. Its nice to be given the responsibility to lead these guys. Its something Ive embraced and it says a lot about someone if you can bring your team together and have a positive effect, not only on the way they play but the way they handle themselves in the community. Ive tried to get the best out of our team.

As for the left wrist that required surgery in Winnipeg late last December, Lowry is feeling no ill effects.

Its feeling really good and the strength is back to where it was before the injury. It hasnt been an issue, said Lowry. I know that in my first fight in pre-season, I was a little worried about how it was going to hold up, but it held up there.

For the second consecutive season, Lowry has been selected to play for Team WHL against Russia in the Subway Super Series, giving him another opportunity to leave an impression on the folks from Hockey Canada that will be handing out invitations to what figures to be an incredibly competitive camp early next month for the world junior team.

I look forward to playing the Russians again, said Lowry, who will suit up in both games. Its always fun to play in these all-star games and to play with some of the best players in your league. To know youre on the radar for Hockey Canada is something Im pretty happy about. Its everyones goal to potentially get an invite to the world junior camp and to make the team.

Im going to continue to try and play a strong two-way game and if that is something Hockey Canada likes, then thats great. If not, Im going to try and help the Broncos.


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