When you stand 6-foot-5 and can skate it’s tough to considered a sleeper.

In the case of Adam Lowry the label fits.

As the Jets hit the ice this morning at MTS Iceplex for the first time in training camp there will be plenty of eyes fixated on the newcomers brought in during the off-season and starting to see where they might slot in.

The trio of recent Jets’ first-round draft picks — two of which have a legitimate shot at cracking the opening-day roster — will also be attracting plenty of attention as they should.

One player who shouldn’t be discounted is Lowry a big responsible forward who was the Western Hockey League player of the year last season.

Since the former Swift Current Broncos captain turned pro late last season and made a nine-game cameo with the St. John’s IceCaps it was assumed that Lowry would likely require a full year of seasoning at the minor-league level before he was ready to push for a roster spot.

In all likelihood that’s probably still be the case but given how far Lowry’s game has come since the Jets chose him in the third round (67th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft it would be foolish to discount his chances entirely.

As he prepares for his second NHL training camp Lowry (who is being used at centre after making a smooth transition from the wing last season) is keeping an open mind about where things could lead.

“Going into it your main goal is to make the highest team possible and that’s the Jets” Lowry said in a recent interview. “My focus is that I would love to play for them this year. But if that’s not the case and I need development I’m okay with that. Playing in the AHL wouldn’t be a bad thing it would allow me to round out my game and be real useful.”

As you can see Lowry understands the position he’s in and what’s required of him to force his way into the discussion of sticking around.

Lowry 20 had a strong showing at the Young Stars Classic in Penticton B.C. catching the attention of Jets head coach Claude Noel.

“Over the course of a couple years since we drafted him and now he’s gotten bigger stronger his skating stride has really improved” said Noel. “And when I watch him at centre I like him a lot. He was a very good positional player (in Penticton). He played with some bite some size. He did a lot of good things there.”