Keegan Lowe (right) (4) competes for the puck during the WHL playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Doug Beghtal

Top 10 Carolina Hurricanes Prospects: #8 Keegan Lowe

Over the next 10 days, Cardiac Cane will look at the top 10 prospects in the Carolina Hurricanes’ system. Taken into account will be potential and how soon the player could make the Hurricanes’ roster, among other things.

Previously: #9 Brock McGinn

#8 Keegan Lowe

Background: Son of Kevin Lowe. Has played for the Edmonton Oil Kings for the past four seasons. Drafted in the third round of the 2011 Draft. Signed an ELC with the Hurricanes in March.

One of a number of defensemen in the Canes’ pipeline, Lowe brings grit and steady defensive play to the blue line.

His main forte is protecting his own net, but another skill set he brings is toughness and the willingness to drop the gloves. In the past three seasons with the Oil Kings, he has recorded over 120 PIMs in each of those years.

But he can also do more than just fight. This past season he was named an assistant captain of the junior team and he was named the team MVP over high-profile prospect Griffin Reinhart.

The 20-year-old is also not lost in the offensive zone. In the 2012-13 season, Lowe scored 15 goals and 16 assists for a career-high of 31 points.

Lowe will play with the Charlotte Checkers next year, as the team gets younger on defense. He’ll mainly be used as a shutdown-defenseman, which he is projected to turn into when he reaches the NHL stage.

As for when he has a chance to make the Canes roster, it likely will not be until the 2015-16 season. There is a good amount of young defensemen in the Hurricanes’ system that Lowe will compete with and it takes longer for shutdown blue-liners to develop.

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