2008-09: Adam Payerl skated in all 68 games for the OHL's Barrie Colts in his second season after seeing limited ice time in 47 games in 2007-08. He scored 7 goals with 10 assists and was minus-16 with 59 penalty minutes. The Colts made the OHL playoffs; finishing third in the Central Division. Payerl was minus-three with 1 assist and 8 penalty minutes in the five game series against Mississauga St. Michael's. Payerl was ranked 191st amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's rankings prior to the 2009 NHL Draft but was not drafted.
2009-10: Obtained by Belleville in a trade with Barrie just prior to the start of the OHL season, Payerl was the second-leading scorer among Bulls forward for a team that struggled to score goals and finished with the league's second-worst record. Playing in 67 of 68 games, he had 17 goals with 26 assists and was minus-23 with 39 penalty minutes. Seven of his goals were scored on the Bulls' power play.
2010-11: Payerl added an enforcer role and physical play to his game in his second season with Belleville. Skating in 63 games for the Bulls, he scored 10 goals with 19 assists and was third on the team with 79 penalty minutes; finishing the year minus-18. Belleville made the playoffs despite finishing with the OHL's third-worst record; finishing three points ahead of Peterborough in the East Division. Payerl was minus-three with no points nor penalty minutes in the four-game series with Mississauga St. Michael's.
2011-12: Payerl earned an invitation to Columbus' main camp after skating for the Blue Jackets' squad in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Following camp he returned to Belleville for an overage OHL season. He made his pro debut at the end of the season after signing a three-year entry-level contract with Pittsburgh; appearing in two games with the Penguins' AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He had 1 assist with 2 penalty minutes in his brief AHL stint. Payerl was the third-leading scorer for Belleville while leading the Bulls in penalty minutes (106). He scored 22 goals with 25 assists and was plus-two in 61 games. In Belleville's six-game playoff series with the Ottawa 67's he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was minus-three with 9 penalty minutes.
An undrafted forward with considerable size, Adam Payerl only emerged in his overage junior season as a legitimate prospect. The primary reason for his emergence as a prospect is due to a willingness to hit, and hit often. Aside from learning how to use his frame and play a power forward style game, Payerl gradually became a competent fighter in major juniors, something that will be expected of him at the professional level as well. Given his limited offensive abilities, the center seems destined for a fourth-line role, where he can hit, create energy, and be used in defensive roles.
Payerl will play the 2012-13 season in the AHL.