When the 2011-2012 NHL season began, not only was Luke Adam with the Buffalo Sabres, the rookie was also getting time centering the top line. A little over a year later, Adam is trying to find his game in the American Hockey League with the Rochester Americans.
After winning the AHL Rookie of the Year award in 2011, Adam got off to a great start with the Sabres recording 6 points in his first 4 games and was still averaging a point a game through 11 contests. His production began to tail off as did his ice time as Adam dropped down the depth chart.
Frozen solid with not a single point in 20 straight games , Adam was sent down to Rochester and finished out the season with the Amerks. His final totals: 10 goals and 20 points in 52 games in Buffalo and 4 goals, 13 points in 27 games for the Amerks.
Adam,who was a potent scorer in junior hockey, was a guest on the WGR Morning Show on Tuesday and said last season certainly took a toll on him. “Obviously that was very disappointing for myself and I’ve never been in a place like that before” Adam said. “ The start of this year I was getting chances but they weren’t going in. Now that they’re finally going back in, it’s a pretty nice feeling.”
Adam has 6 goals and 11 points in 21 games but his play has picked up the last half dozen games since he returned from an injury. Despite the demotion last season, Adam looks back at his initial NHL experience as eye opening and beneficial. “Actually playing in the game you see its much faster, and guys are bigger and stronger” Adam said. “ At the beginning of last year, I thought I was ready to play in the NHL and there were little things you(fans and media) don’t see that needed to be worked on and that’s the things Darcy(Regier) and Lindy(Ruff) have been preaching to me.”
While Adam attempts to regain his offensive touch, the 22 year old is also wondering what position he’ll play. As was the case with the Sabres, the Amerks have used Adam at both center and left wing. “I’ve always said I’m comfortable with both positions” Adam told WGR. “ Center is my natural position. You’re a little bit more involved defensively as a centerman, it’s a little tougher in your own end. Once you get comfortable in both positions, its important to have that diversity especially to make the jump to the NHL. Wherever the coaching staff sees is the best fit is where I’m going to be playing.”
Adam and the rest of the Amerks will play a second game of the season at the First Niagara Center on December 28th against the Lake Erie Monsters.
Here is the entire interview with Luke Adam: