The changes to the Winnipeg Jets' forward combinations were not surprising on Saturday.

The extent to which head coach Paul Maurice was selling the key change -- moving rookie Adam Lowry to centre -- was fairly bold.

Certainly, Maurice is looking to spark a team that has been offensively challenged in the last three games, all losses. They have exactly one goal to show for those three outings as they turn a focus to tonight's encounter at the MTS Centre against the Calgary Flames (6 p.m., Citytv, TSN 1290).

But Maurice sees beyond that crisis of the week.

"He understands that better," the coach said of Lowry after Saturday's short practice. "I also think that's the future of our organization and him. He's going to play centre ice sooner rather than later."

Lowry, 21, has all of four games of NHL experience. He's been on the left wing with centre Mathieu Perreault.

But Lowry, who now moves between T.J. Galiardi and Michael Frolik, was a centre for the previous two seasons, one as the WHL's player of the year in Swift Current and the other as a rookie pro with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps.

Prior to that, he said he was a left-winger all the time.

During the pre-season, the third-round pick of the 2011 draft said he liked both positions and the fact he knows both well is turning into an asset.

"I think it's a good opportunity," Lowry said. "I feel pretty comfortable down the middle. It will allow me to impact the game a little differently than on the wing."

One way is to be taking faceoffs. Another is defensively.

"I can use my size down low against their bigger forwards," he said. "And it's going to allow me to keep my feet moving, kind of get in on the forecheck and in on pucks a little quicker.