2006-07: This was Luke Adam’s rookie season with St. John’s of the QMJHL, a 63 game campaign that resulted in six goals and 15 points.
2007-08: 70 games with the St. John’s Fog Devils (QMJHL)resulted in 36 goals and 66 points. He also racked up a career-high 72 penalty minutes.
2008-09: In 47 games with the Montreal Juniors (QMJHL), Adam netted 22 goals and 49 points. Expect to see him with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL) next season.
2009-10: A final season in the Q for Luke came with striking success. In 56 games, Adam would be good for 49 goals and 90 points total.
2010-11: Adam appeared in 19 games with the Sabres in his first pro season while spending most of the season with AHL Portland. Adam made his NHL debut in late October against Philadelphia then shuffled between the two teams until mid-January when he spent the rest of the season with Portland – appearing in just one other NHL game (March 8th). Adam scored 3 goals with 1 assist and was -6 with 12 PMs with the Sabres. Adam was the Pirates' second-leading scorer as a 20-year-old with 29 goals and 33 assists in 57 games and his +18 plus/minus was tied for third-best on the team. In the AHL playoffs, he scored 4 goals with 3 assists and was +2 with 14 PMs in 12 games. Adam was named the AHL's Rookie of the Year for his efforts.
2011-12: Adam played in 52 NHL games in his first full NHL season – getting off to a fast start for the Sabres before his production tailed off later in the season. He was sent to AHL Rochester in February after sitting out a few games as a healthy scratch in an effort for him to regain his confidence. Adam had 18 points in his first 26 games with the Sabres and finished the year minus-six with 10 goals and 10 assists. After being assigned to Rochester he scored 4 goals with 9 assists in 27 AHL games and was minus-two with 18 penalty minutes. Rochester finished second in the North Division. In the playoffs Adams had 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in the three game series with Toronto.
Coming out of Junior it was thought that Adam had a limited game, with little upside at the NHL level because of his weak skating. However he is very good in front of the net, and uses his size to his advantage as his ability to muck in the corners and chip away at rebounds can be an important asset. Where he was once considered a role player at best in the NHL, most talent evaluators will tell you that after winning the AHL rookie of the year award last season, Adam will be a future second liner in the NHL.
Adam should get his chance in 2011-12 to continue on his rookie of the year AHL campaign by earning a regular spot with Buffalo. He did not look out of place last season in the NHL and his skating has improved a lot since the beginning of 2010-11. Look for Adam to play center or wing on one of the Sabres bottom two lines to start and then make his way up the depth chart with his goal scoring ability.