2008-09: Keegan Lowe returned to Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Minnesota for his second season of prep school hockey.
2009-10: Selected by the Edmonton Oil Kings in the 6th round (114th overall) of the 2008 WHL Bantam draft, Lowe played 69 games for the Oil Kings in his rookie season and scored 2 goals with 12 assists. Playing for a young team that won just sixteen games and allowed 116 more goals than it scored, Lowe finished -16 plus/minus and accumulated 60 PMs. Lowe, who was born in Greenwich, CT, played for the Team USA squad that lost to Canada, 1-0, in the finals of the Ivan Hlinka Memorial U-18 tournament.
2010-11: The Oil Kings were much-improved and Lowe and 18-year-old Buffalo prospect Mark Pysyk, also a defenseman, had the top two plus/minus ratings on the team at +33 and +29. Despite being a bit undersized and younger than most players in the WHL, Lowe logged a lot of icetime and had 2 goals with 22 assists in 71 games. In the Oil Kings’ four-game, first round playoff loss to Central Division champion Red Deer, Lowe scored one goal and was -2 with 4 PMs. Ranked 88th amongst North American skaters by Central Scouting, Lowe was selected by the Hurricanes in the 3rd round (73rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft.
2011-12: Lowe skated in all 72 games for the WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings in his third season of major junior hockey. He scored 3 goals with 20 assists and was plus-17 with a team-high 139 penalty minutes. Lowe scored 3 goals with 4 assists and was plus-13 with 44 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Edmonton reached the Memorial Cup after winning the WHL title and in four games at the tournament Lowe was minus-two with 1 goal and 6 penalty minutes.
2012-13: Lowe skated in 64 games and was an assistant captain for the Edmonton Oil Kings in his fourth WHL season. He led the Oil Kings with 148 penalty minutes and had career highs in goals (15) and assists (16) while finishing +38. Edmonton’s 51 wins were third most in the league and the Oil Kings finished first in the Central Division and reached the WHL finals against Portland. Lowe scored 1 goal with 7 assists and was +10 with 28 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Carolina in March, 2013.
2013-14: Lowe skated in 63 of 76 games for Carolina AHL affiliate Charlotte in his first pro season. He scored 2 goals with 10 assists and was minus-7 with 86 penalty minutes. The Checkers missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the West Division.
2014-15: Lowe made his NHL debut at the end of his second season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers — skating in two games for the Hurricanes in April. He had no points and was -2 with 10 penalty minutes, averaging 14 minutes of ice time. Lowe skated in 58 games for the Checkers, missing 11 games after suffering an upper body injury in February. He scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was -16 with 106 penalty minutes. Charlotte missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the West Division.
Lowe is a rugged, stay-at-home defenseman who isn’t afraid to get physical and intimidate the competition. He’s not menacingly big or much of a contributor offensively, but he is the type of glue player teams succeed with, and he has winning bloodlines.
Lowe got a brief two-game call-up to Carolina last season, notably fighting veteran Vincent Lecavalier twice in his debut. Lowe should be back in Charlotte this season, but he could earn another promotion in 2015-16 if Carolina needs to add more snarl to their back end.