Adam

The Buffalo Sabres lack size – especially in their top six – and have been looking to fix that problem through the draft and waiting patiently for some draft picks to develop.

 

Luke Adam, a second-round pick in 2008, could be the closest to joining the Sabres in the NHL. The six-foot-two, 215-pound left winger is having an excellent pro debut with the AHL’s Portland Pirates. This follows a breakout fourth year in the QMJHL in which he scored 49 goals in only 56 games and made Canada’s world junior team.

 

This year with Portland, he’s scored 11 goals and eight assists in 15 games; Adam is second in rookie scoring and ninth in the league.

 

St. John’s, NL native needs to improve his skating, but his other offensive skills are go good, this won’t hold him back. With some hard work, he should be able to make the necessary improvements to make it to the next level.

 

He has good bloodlines and has grown up around the pro hockey environment, which can often give prospects that extra edge some of the need to make it to the NHL.

 

Adam’s father Russ played eight games with the Maple Leafs and won a Calder Cup in 1982 with the New Brunswick Hawks. Adam’s dad later served for four years as an assistant with Toronto’s farm team in St. John’s.

 

“He was always there for help and support,” Luke told NHL.com. “Any kid who plays hockey dreams of playing in the NHL. I don’t know if there was a set time where I said ‘this is what I want to do,’ but there’s certainly a point there where I knew I wanted to start following that dream.”

 

Adam is a finisher, sort of like Glen Murray or Dave Andreychuk. He sees the ice well, but will make his living scoring goals and earning his pay in front of the net.  In addition to his large frame, he boasts great strength which he uses to his advantage.

 

In the Prospects Report, I wrote that Adam might arrive sometime in 2012 because I thought it would take him longer to adjust to pro hockey. Now, it looks as though he could be ready by next season and he’s already earned a two-game call-up this season to the parent club.

 

The Sabres have been know as a team that boasts small, skilled players. But some of them are too easy to push around and Adam, as well as 2009 draftee Zack Kassian, should provided some much-needed size that can play in the top six.

 

Upside: 35-30-65


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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Feedback always welcome @Jason No problem, it's what I like about this website and the Internet in general. I should also have thanked you for your feedback and for adding to the debate with some great info on what Adam's coach thinks of him.
November 26, 2010
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jason said:

toewsfan
Comparisons and upside @Van Horne: Thanks for the reply! I like Adam quite a bit, so maybe I'm being unrealistic. He's certainly an interesting player. To me, he seems like the kind of guy who will over-achieve and surprise his critics. Thanks again for your reply!
November 26, 2010
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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Comparisons and upside @jason My comparison to Glen Murray or Dave Andreychuk -- who had a 53-goal, 99-point dream season alongside Doug Gilmour -- were more about playing style than about upside. I could be wrong about Adam's upside -- and I certainly won't cheer against him just so that I'm right -- I don't think he's going to be as good as Murray or Andreychuk. So, having said that, his career year won't be as productive as their career years.

Having said that, I constantly re-evaluate prospects while they're still in the developmental stage because they all develop at different rates. Adam is only 20 and still has plenty of time to develop.
November 22, 2010
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jason said:

toewsfan
... @Ryan Van Horne, I believe you are significantly underestimating Adam's offensive upside. I think 35-30 is pretty "realistic" outcome. But according to Dobber, the upside predictions on this site are about how the player could do in a career year, dream season (e.g. ideal situation, perfect line-mates). Based on Dobber's definition, Luke Adam, clearly has 40-40 upside, or perhaps better (if he settles into a "dream season" with the right line-mates). Perhaps you are being conservative and underestimating Adam because he is a late-bloomer, and because previous scouting reports have been very critical of his upside. The fact is, Adam's skating has improved a lot (his current AHL coach likened Adam's skating style to that of Marion Hossa). From what I have read, Adam is a very hard worker, and he has raised his potential through hard work and dedication to improving his game. If we are talking about his dream season upside, it is much more than 35-30. Like you mentioned, Luke Adam compares to Glen Murray. Well, although Glen Murray was generally a 30/30 player, his career year was 44G,48A=92pts.
November 20, 2010
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Michal Smida said:

StevenY
Janus I hope there is nice future for goalie on the picture, too....not a perfect start to the season in ECHL, but he is talented goalie and his numbers from a couple of starts last season in AHL look promising smilies/wink.gif
November 20, 2010 | url
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