It's been a dandy ride, Adam Lowry will readily admit. And when it's going this good, no one would ever want the thing to end.
Lowry, one of the biggest and brightest stars in the Winnipeg Jets system, was named Wednesday as the Western Hockey League's 2012-13 WHL Player of the Year and the recipient of the Four Broncos Memorial Trophy.
Essentially, it was the perfect capper to a year in which the third-round draft pick of the Jets led the Swift Current Broncos in scoring, made his pro debut with the St. John's IceCaps and signed his first professional contract.
That's an impressive body of work over an eight-month span.
"It was definitely a busy year for me," Lowry said Wednesday from Calgary. "I think I got into almost 90 games if you count exhibition games, my time in St. John's and then the regular season and playoffs with Swift Current. I really enjoyed it.
"I think I developed as a player and I think I continued to get better, I got to see a lot of things. I got back into the playoffs for the first time since my first year in Swift Current, I got to experience my first few games as a pro in St. John's and then I was able to sign a contract with the Winnipeg Jets.
"It's definitely been an exciting year for me and my family. I've really enjoyed the ride."
Lowry -- the son of former NHLer Dave Lowry -- already walks, talks and acts like an NHL player. Just 20, he's got a maturity that makes him one of the most-intriguing prospects in the Jets' organization. Doesn't hurt that he's a 6-5, 201-pound forward with touch, too -- he led the Broncos with 45 goals, scoring 43 of them after making the move from wing to centre.
"Making that switch to centre really opened up the ice for me," said Lowry. "As I've gotten stronger I've been able to hang onto the puck longer and win more battles. I'm going to continue to work on getting stronger -- I know the guys in the AHL and NHL are a lot bigger and stronger.
"As I get stronger I think that will help with my skating and overall versatility."
Lowry will attend the Jets' development camp this summer and the team's training camp next September. After that, he makes no assumptions and expects nothing other than a shot.
"There's a lot of opportunity in Winnipeg," said Lowry. "I'll have to put in a lot of hard work in the summer, continue to fill out my frame and whether it takes me a couple of years to reach the big club, it's all about what's best for my development.
"I just look forward to the process and the journey of one day of playing in the NHL."
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