By Scott Billeck
The Winnipeg Jets will take on the Edmonton Oilers on Monday night. The team took to the ice for a brief practice Monday morning before heading out to Edmonton. The game will be a first for a few players left in training camp including highly-touted prospect Adam Lowry, who will play in his first game as a Jet.
“I am pretty excited,” said Lowry who sustained an upper body injury early on in camp. “I have missed time before but this is a little more anxious being in an NHL training camp.”
Lowry played with the Swift Current Broncos last season in the WHL before playing nine games with Winnipeg’s AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps.
Lowry credits his experience in the AHL as one that has prepared him for tonight’s contest and helped bridge the gap between junior and the pro game.
“I think it definitely will help me coming into tonight, just knowing how pros play and the size and strength of them,” said Lowry. “Just having that little taste, knowing that I need to be a little stronger on my stick and make good decisions quick will hopefully help me transition into the game tonight.”
Lowry wants to take the game one step at a time, like it was any other game.
“I just think I want to approach it like any other game,” Lowry said. “I can’t do much to change how I play; I just need to do what has made me successful so far. It will be a little different playing against a bunch of NHL players; I am looking forward to that challenge.”
Meanwhile, players and coaches were tight-lipped today about the line brawl that happened Sunday night between the Buffalo Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“To be honest, I only saw a brief clip of it,” said Anthony Peluso. “I was a little bit in awe for a few seconds; I don’t know what happened before in the game to cause that, I don’t have enough intel to comment on it.”
Peluso said there is a “code” that enforcers don’t try to fight skill players, but did say it depends on the circumstances.
“There is obviously a code, but if something happens in the game – if a skill guy is going to be taking cheap shots – he is on the ice like everyone else,” said Peluso. “He has to abide by it like everyone else.”
Claude Noel also spoke to the incident saying that no one wants to see that in the game.
“I saw bits and pieces of it, I didn’t assess it,” said Noel. “It is an unfortunate incident and I don’t think anybody really enjoys that.”