Sophomore slump: Lowry ‘hasn’t been as good’ as Jets hoped, so he’s off to the minors

Winnipeg’s Adam Lowry burst onto the scene last year, notching 11 goals and 23 points to lead all Jets rookies in scoring.

This year, though, he’s failed to find similar success — which is why the club demoted him to AHL Manitoba on Wednesday.

“He hasn’t been as good in the first part of the year as we’d hoped he would be,” head coach Paul Maurice said, per the Sun. “We want to get him to a place down there where he’s feeling good about his game.”

A third-round pick in 2011, Lowry appeared in 80 of 82 games last year and was a factor in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Anaheim, scoring three points in four games.

But this season, he has just one goal in 31 games — eight points total — and had been dropped from his third-line center position to a fourth-line winger role.

It’s unclear who the Jets will recall to take Lowry’s spot in the lineup. Maurice said the 22-year-old’s stay in the AHL would extend at least until next week.

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