Luke Adam ( born June 18, 1990 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador ) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who plays since October 2010, when the Buffalo Sabres in the National Hockey League on the position of the center. His father Russ Adam was also a professional hockey player.
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Adam first played until 2006 in his hometown at the St. John 's Maple Leafs before he was selected in the QMJHL Entry Draft in 2006 in the first round in seventh place of the St. John's Fog Devils of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After only 15 points in his rookie season, he rose in the following year on 66 points scorer, after which he was selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 2008 in the second round to 44th position from the Buffalo Sabres. By moving the Fog Devils to Montreal played the aggressor in the season 2008 /09 for the Montreal Juniors. He played only 47 games in which he came up with 49 points for participating in the U20 Junior World Cup in 2010 and a Milzverletzung towards the end of the season. For the 2009/10 season the transferred Juniors striker in exchange for Nicolas Chouinard, Spencer MacDonald and a first-round vote in the QMJHL Entry Draft 2009 League rivals Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. There he graduated with 90 points in 56 matches his best season and was called to the First All -Star team. Towards the end of the season brought him the Buffalo Sabres, who had taken him already in April 2010 under contract, in their farm team. For the Portland Pirates Adam played three games in the play-offs of the American Hockey League.
With the start of the 2010/11 season Adam was an integral part of the squad of the Pirates, but came back in October 2010 on his debut in the National Hockey League. In the course of the season, the center played 19 NHL games for the Sabres and came up with four points. In the AHL, he completed 57 games and scored 62 points. These were within the team behind Mark Mancaris 64 the second- most among all league rookies and most. Consequently, Adam Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award was awarded as the best rookie of the season and was All- Rookie appointed to the AHL team. In addition, he had participated in the course of the season at the AHL All-Star Classic. For the 2011/12 season he was awarded a place in the NHL squad of Sabres. In the course of the season he received a nomination for the Super Skills Competition of the rookies in the NHL All-Star Game 2012 in the Canadian capital Ottawa.
Despite the 20 points in 52 NHL games, he spent almost the complete 2012/13 season in the AHL with the Rochester Americans, for which he was on the ice 67 times. For the Sabres, he came only four games and did not stand at the beginning of the season 2013/14 also in the NHL squad. It was only in November 2013 he was re-appointed to the NHL squad.
Adam represented his native Canada at the U20 World Youth Championship 2010 in the Canadian cities of Saskatoon and Regina. After almost 5:6 defeat in overtime against the United States, the Canadians won the silver medal. In six tournament games Adam scored four goals, including the first goal of the final match, and prepared for another four before. He also received eight penalty minutes.
He also played at the World U -17 Hockey Challenge 2006 for the Team Canada Atlantic, where in five games he prepared a goal.
Awards and achievements
- 2010 QMJHL First All - Star Team
- 2011 AHL All- Star Classic
- 2011 Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award
- 2011 AHL All- Rookie Team
- 2012 NHL All-Star Game Super Skills Competition
- 2010 Silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championships
Represented Canada at:
- World U -17 Hockey Challenge 2006
- U20 Junior World Cup 2010
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )