Buffalo Sabres: Luke Adam Called Up to First NHL Action


For the next three games, fans of the Buffalo Sabres and the NHL will see the potential future core of the Buffalo Sabres.

Sabres’ prospect, forward Luke Adam, will see his first NHL regular season game action tonight against the Philadelphia Flyers. He will also go on the road trip to Atlanta and Dallas as forward Rob Niedermayer is on paternity leave, as his wife is giving birth.

Adam, before being called up today, has garnered 10 points in eight games with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. The Sabres signed Adam to an entry-level deal at the end of last season after an impressive career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with St. John’s, Montreal, and Cape Breton. Adam scored 113 goals and 220 points in 236 games in four years of junior hockey.

Adam is a goal-scorer and also had an excellent showing for Team Canada in the 2010 World Junior Championships with four goals and eight points in six games.

The Sabres drafted Adam in the 2nd round (44th Overall) in the 2008 Draft, the draft that the Sabres selected Tyler Myers and Tyler Ennis. Adam has good size (6’2”, 215) and great hands around the net.

Adam was one of the last cuts of training camp this year as he produced two goals and three points in four preseason games.

At least to start, Adam will take Niedermayer’s position between Mike Grier and Ennis.

If Adam plays very well in this three game stint, there could be a very interesting battle at forward, and it possibly could influence the defense corps if Lindy Ruff decides to keep Adam on the roster afterward. In order to do that, Ruff will have to send either Andrej Sekera, Chris Butler, or Mike Weber through waivers. One forward who should be wary is Nathan Gerbe. If Adam outperforms him in these games, Gerbe’s roster spot could be in jeopardy.

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