A young defense, who has what the Carolina Hurricanes need describes Keegan Lowe. He was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will likely make his pro debut next season with the Charlotte Checkers.
Lowe started out his CHL career with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 2009-10 season, before impressing in his second year recording a +33 and playing in much more ice time.
Central Scouting ranked Lowe as the 88th North American skater in 2011 after his two goal and 22 assist season. The Canes ended up taking the Alberta native with the 73rd pick in the third round.
So far the pick has looked like a smart one for the team.
Lowe played all 72 game for the Oil Kings in the 2011-12 season recording 23 points and setting a team-high 139 penalty minutes.
But the 2012-13 season brought Lowe to new heights. He was named team MVP, even with high-profile prospect Griffin Reinhart on the team and signed an entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in March.
The son of Kevin Lowe‘s play is similar to his father’s. With a strong focus on defense. However, the younger Lowe can also bring some offense to his game and shown by his penalty minutes, is not afraid to play a rough game.
Lowe also has the size of 6-foot-1 helping in his tough, defensive play that the Canes need.
He’ll play next season with the Checkers and if things go well, he may be a possible call-up for the Canes.
From there Lowe will look to make the Hurricanes roster, which is a real possibility with the way he has improved over the past few seasons.