EDMONTON, AB - Defenceman Keegan Lowe played a pair of games with the Oilers late in the 2017-18 season but was a fixture on the Bakersfield Condors' blueline, putting up two goals and 14 points in 52 American Hockey League games this season.
Lowe was arguably one of the Condors' most consistent defencemen, not only inclining his game throughout the campaign but also helping a young nucleus of rearguards on the club.
In his 2017-18 season exit interview, the 25-year-old reflected on the experience of playing for his hometown team, how he was able to help some of the young defence prospects in Bako and what he wants to work on in the off-season.
On suiting up with the Oilers:
"That was definitely really special. I was telling people before and after the game, I had played two games before that but it definitely felt like my first NHL game. The jitters were there, the nerves were there. It was really special to me and my parents, my family, my grandma and people like that. It was definitely a dream come true and I'll remember it forever."
On helping young defence prospects Ethan Bear, Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha this season:
"We had a very good mix of young and not old but more veteran Dmen. There's lots of promise in the Bears and Jones of the world. It was fun to play alongside those guys. Whenever they needed help, I was always there for them for advice. But I also learned a lot playing with those guys too, they're both really skilled with the puck and have a lot of poise. The older guys don't just learn from the younger guys but the younger guys learn from the older guys as well."
On the improvements he wants to make in the off-season:
"Just continue to round out my game. Hopefully, work on the offensive side a bit. Try to contribute a little more. Work on my hands and puck skills a little more. Continue to improve in all areas. The game is constantly speeding up and getting quicker, faster and more skilled so you have to keep up."