2008-09: Mark Adams played for Malden Catholic HS in Massachusetts and also skated for the Junior Bruins in the EJHL. In 23 high school games, he scored 6 goals with 23 assists. In 32 EJHL games, he had 5 assists with 10 goals. Adams committed to playing college hockey for Providence in 2010-11.
2009-10: Adams scored 4 goals with 10 assists and was minus-3 with 85 PMs in 53 games for the USHL’s Chicago Steel. While his offensive numbers were down, Adams’ two-way play improved as the season went on and he was logging key minutes at the end of the year. He scored 3 of his 4 goals on the power play.
2010-11: Adams appeared in 33 games as a freshman at Providence College. He had three assists for the Friars and was minus-7 with 22 PMs.
2011-12: Adams was limited to 19 games in his sophomore season at Providence College – missing time late in the season due to concussion issues. He had his only point – an assist – in the first game of the season in November against Vermont. Adams finished -8 with 12 penalty minutes. The Friars finished seventh in Hockey East but knocked off Massachusetts-Lowell to reach the conference semifinals in head coach Nate Leaman’s first season.
2012-13: Adams made a healthy recovery from his concussion issues and skated in seven games for Providence as a junior before suffering a season-ending knee injury in November 2012. He was +3 with no points and 6 penalty minutes.
2013-14: Adams appeared in seven games for Providence College as a senior. He scored his first career goal in a win against American International and was +5 with no assists and 6 penalty minutes. The Friars finished third in Hockey East and advanced to the conference tournament semifinals, falling to New Hampshire, 3-1. Providence received an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional, defeating Quinnipiac, 4-0, before falling to eventual national champion Union College, 3-1, in the regional final. Adams did not appear in any post-season games.
2014-15: Adams was granted a fifth-year of eligibility by the NCAA due to his injury history and returned to Providence College for his final season of college hockey. Providence finished tied with Boston College for second in Hockey East during the regular season, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite falling to New Hampshire, 2-1 in overtime, in the decisive third game of their Hockey East quarterfinal series. Heading into the NCAA tournament, Adams had skated in 28 games, including the second game of the New Hampshire series. He scored 1 goal with 2 assists while posting a +8 plus minus with 20 penalty minutes.
Adams is a big, tough defenseman who is an above average skater for his size. Despite concussion issues and then a knee injury that limited to a handful of games in back-to-back seasons he has shown tenacity in getting back on the ice and is a team leader at the college level. Whether his talent level and ability allows him to succeed at the pro level is a matter of conjecture at this point.
Adams finished his senior season on a strong note after a slew of injuries really impeded his development. His ability to overcome adversity is a big checkmark for him, but his limited abilities and lack of on-ice production do not bode well for his chances of turning pro. The Sabres are unlikely to offer him a contract, which renders him a free agent at the end of the summer.