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Lowry aiming for spot on the Rock

Towering Jets prospect knows he needs to hone game in minors

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It's not hard to notice Adam Lowry at the Winnipeg Jets' Development Camp.

At 6-5, 200-plus pounds he tends to cast a size-large shadow at the MTS Iceplex.


But as much as the big centre/winger remains one of the brightest prospects in the organization, the reality is his stint in Winnipeg this week might be the last hockey fans see of him for awhile.

Lowry's goal is to make the St. John's IceCaps this year -- he played nine games on the Rock this past season after his Western Hockey League campaign with the Swift Current Broncos ended -- and grow his game there.

"I just want to show them I'm ready to make the jump from the Western league to the pro level," Lowry, the WHL's player of the year, said Wednesday. "Coming off last year I was really happy with how it went (45 goals and 43 assists in 72 games) and I'm physically maturing and developing to get better."

IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge was impressed with Lowry during his nine-game stint in St. John's and how he has managed the transition from wing to centre. Lowry, for what it's worth, played the sponge during his first few games in the AHL and can't wait for another shot.

"It helped a lot just being able to go out there and get acclimatized to the pro game," he said. "Playing against the men, making that jump is definitely going to help coming into training camp and just being able to be used to the pace of play... that's really going to help my start this year."

THIRD TIME'S A CHARM: Jets' pick J.C. Lipon, selected in the third round (91st overall) last month, had already passed through two NHL Drafts before hearing his name called. Little wonder the 20-year-old Regina product opted to skip the proceedings this time around in Newark, N.J.

"I was at my lake and I had about 50 friends over and they were enjoying the hot weather while I was pacing around the cabin watching the TV," said Lipon. "The third round was ending and I was supposed to go in the fourth or the fifth and so I was just pacing more.

"My mom got really excited and started screaming (when he was picked) and it turned into a really big celebration."

HOME BOY: Defenceman Peter Stoykewych, the former Winnipeg South Blues product who just finished his second year at Colorado College, is becoming an old pro these development camps.

"It's nice to have a development camp under your belt for sure," said Stoykewch, drafted in the seventh round by Atlanta in 201. "Coming in, knowing some of the guys and some of the personnel helps and it allows you to adjust quicker and makes you more comfortable.

"Every time you come here you try to pick up a few things. It's a complex game and it's hard to learn a lot in a week, but you try and few grasp a few concepts, take them home and develop them over an entire season and then come back and show you can do those kind of things."

QUOTABLE: Lowry was miked up by the folks at Jets TV, a first for him. But he also admitted there may be some tinkering needed before the clips could hit the team's website.

"I think they'll have to edit out some of the stuff I said out there."

NOTABLE: Josh Morrissey -- the Jets' 2013 first-round draft pick -- is blogging about his D Camp experiences for the team's website. It can be found at

FYI: Winger Ivan Telegin is in Winnipeg but not skating as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered last season. He missed last year's D Camp with a hand injury. Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 18, 2013 D4

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