WINNIPEG – (Most of) the boys are back in town!
Much like the rest of the city, the Winnipeg Jets were back at class Tuesday morning, gearing up for 2015-16 campaign with an informal skate at MTS Iceplex.
Adam Lowry was among those who participated following a lengthy off-season that left him wanting more.
“We had a lot to look forward to, especially after getting that playoff experience,” he said. “I was definitely itching to get back to it, but I took a couple weeks off and that was nice. I’m really
excited to start training camp.”
Lowry still recalls the feeling he had stepping onto the ice for Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round series against the Anaheim Ducks. Now entering his second full year as a National Hockey League regular, the 22-year-old is eager to experience it again, citing that brief journey as a
reason for optimism, despite the talented crowd in the ever-evolving Central Division.
“It’s picking up where you left off and getting off to a quicker start than we did last year as well,” Lowry said, recalling a 1-4 start to the 2014-15 season – the base of an uphill climb early in the season’s opening month. “You can’t afford to give up three or four games early. That was evident (last year). We didn’t have a playoff spot until the final few games of the season and that could have been totally different if we got off to a better start. We’re looking forward to that (this year).”
It took nearly 100 points just to make the dance last April. Lowry expects nothing less again this time around, but maintains that the Jets have the team to do it. Better yet, he’s confident the team can even improve on that spring result, which unfortunately ended far too early for his liking.
“Top to bottom, Anaheim was *that* close to getting to the Stanley Cup Final,” Lowry said, “and we were right there with them in all four games. It’s all a matter of learning to play with a lead, learning to play in those tight games and in those situations, and being able to handle the pressure. (That experience) will be beneficial for us to start the year, and it will also be beneficial moving forward.”
Lowry tied Bryan Little for the team lead in playoff scoring with three points (1G, 2A) in four games; and after a regular-season in which he tallied 11 goals, 23 points and 46 penalty minutes, the 6-foot-5, 207-pound pivot is eager to see the calendar flip.
“There are definitely going to be some new faces in here with some guys leaving and others coming in. It’s going to be interesting to see how those guys fit in with the team, but I think we’re all
excited for what’s to come.”
Informal practice sessions are expected to continue throughout the week at MTS Iceplex. Training camp officially begins on Sept. 17/18, with a full schedule to come.
— Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com