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Lowry earns chance with Jets

Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said one positive Monday in Edmonton was the play of Mathieu Perreault, who signed a three-year deal as a free agent this summer after splitting last season between Washington and Anaheim.
Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said one positive Monday in Edmonton was the play of Mathieu Perreault, who signed a three-year deal as a free agent this summer after splitting last season between Washington and Anaheim. John Woods / The Canadian Press files

WINNIPEG – While the Winnipeg Jets have yet to officially name it’s final 23-man roster, Adam Lowry has been told he’ll be starting the season with the team.

“I was pretty anxious just to wait and find out,” said Lowry. “It’s kinda out of your control once the exhibition season is done so you know I was pretty nervous, but pretty happy when I heard the news. You worked all summer and your whole career to get to this point and to be able to start up in the NHL is definitely an exciting feeling.”

Lowry is 21-years-old and has one year of professional experience under his belt. He appeared in 64 games with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League last season scoring 17 goals with 16 assists. But it was how he performed in his own end that earned him the job.

“I’ve like his game,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “I’m comfortable. I see a huge huge upside to what he can do.”

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Lowry was selected by the Jets in the third round, 67th overall in the 2011 NHL draft. He grew up in and around an NHL locker room with his father Dave Lowry a veteran of 19 NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames. So Adam knows better than most that he will have to earn his spot each and every game.

“You can always get sent down,” said Lowry. “Nothing is permanent in the sports world. You got to continue to work hard and you got to continue to get better every day. I’m going to enjoy it for a little bit, but I know nothing is set in stone.”

The Jets have to name a 23-man roster on Tuesday with it’s season opener Thursday night against the Arizona Coyotes.