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02-22-2011, 06:41 PM
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Luke Adam Question.....

What are the chances of Mr. Luke Adam becoming a full timer next year?

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Depends on what happens in the off-season. I don't see any of our current forward prospects passing him any time soon and there will hopefully be a few spots open next year.

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Depends on what happens in the off-season. I don't see any of our current forward prospects passing him any time soon and there will hopefully be a few spots open next year.
cool. I really like him. I hope he gets his shot! I think hes going to do wonders for the sabres in the future!

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His skating work may be the biggest difference maker for his roster chances going into next season. His heavy feet are holding him back, but with more power in his stride, I could see him as a contender out of camp or again the first recall.

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His skating work may be the biggest difference maker for his roster chances going into next season. His heavy feet are holding him back, but with more power in his stride, I could see him as a contender out of camp or again the first recall.
chains right, Luke needs to work on endurance, too.

Although again I have to give props to Luke for improving his defensive game so quickly since his Q days.

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chains right, Luke needs to work on endurance, too.

Although again I have to give props to Luke for improving his defensive game so quickly since his Q days.
Kevin Dineen has that family touch for coaching. He's brought a lot out of a number of guys quickly.

Yeah, getting his wind up so that he can go hard full shifts -- and handle going hard at all points in the game -- would also help. It's all part of improving his skating. He's never going to be someone who dances down the ice, but his knack for getting to the right spot on the ice would benefit from extra jump in his stride.

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Kevin Dineen has that family touch for coaching. He's brought a lot out of a number of guys quickly.

Yeah, getting his wind up so that he can go hard full shifts -- and handle going hard at all points in the game -- would also help. It's all part of improving his skating. He's never going to be someone who dances down the ice, but his knack for getting to the right spot on the ice would benefit from extra jump in his stride.
He could definitely benefit from a Stafford-esque offseason.

The kid's been a PPG player as a rookie at the AHL level. That production points to him making the jump to the NHL sooner, rather than later, but I think he could benefit from another year in the "A," unless we find a good pair of wingers to help him along in the NHL.

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He could definitely benefit from a Stafford-esque offseason.

The kid's been a PPG player as a rookie at the AHL level. That production points to him making the jump to the NHL sooner, rather than later, but I think he could benefit from another year in the "A," unless we find a good pair of wingers to help him along in the NHL.
He trains with Ryane Clowe in the off-season, but the commitment Stafford put into his summer has certainly showed in Drew's quickness off the wing, that extra burst. Granted, I don't think Adam is going to ever have that extra burst, but he can be better at what he does. His hands and head are pretty good... the feet getting better will get him into the league sooner rather than later.

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He trains with Ryane Clowe in the off-season, but the commitment Stafford put into his summer has certainly showed in Drew's quickness off the wing, that extra burst. Granted, I don't think Adam is going to ever have that extra burst, but he can be better at what he does. His hands and head are pretty good... the feet getting better will get him into the league sooner rather than later.
Yea, he definitely has NHL size, NHL hands, an NHL shot and an NHL head, his skating/endurance is all that's holding him back. The only thing he can really do to improve that is speed drills, skate more and get in better shape.

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I would be kind of surprised if he doesn't make it out of camp next year.

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Hey, with some more money dedicated to player development, who knows?!

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I'd say pretty darn close to 100%. The kid is almost there this year, but they are doing the smart thing and letting him get major minutes in the AHL before he makes the jump.

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I keep expecting a "UGH hes not ready, hes terrible, etc etc" post

I'm glad to read all of these comments that aren't along those lines haha

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I keep expecting a "UGH hes not ready, hes terrible, etc etc" post

I'm glad to read all of these comments that aren't along those lines haha
Uggh he's terrible. He's not ready. Just kidding. He should be up now. He's better than some of the crap on the current NHL roster.

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i was a little worried when after being sent back down to portland in mid january he went on a 9 game goalless streak. he does however have 5 goals in his last 6 games since then.

much will depend on how the roster is or is not reshaped during the deadline and offseason. hopefully portland makes a deep run in the ahl playoffs and he can get some valuable postseason experience.

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What are the chances of Mr. Luke Adam becoming a full timer next year?
I think it will take him at least one more season in the AHL to bring his skating up to NHL standards. It's a difficult thing to do. It took Paul Gaustad 3 years and he works as hard as anyone. Mark Mancari is in his 6th season and he still doesn't skate well enough. Trent Hunter needed 3 years.

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Yea, he definitely has NHL size, NHL hands, an NHL shot and an NHL head, his skating/endurance is all that's holding him back. The only thing he can really do to improve that is speed drills, skate more and get in better shape.
Agreed. Whenever I watch him play for the first time in awhile, I'm struck by how much....err...baby fat he seems to still have.

Get rid of that, and I think he's for sure an NHL talent. I think this year's stint in the NHL is only going to make him hungrier.

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depending on what happens over the next couple of days, talk of connolly leaving, i think he might be used as a line two or three center to finish out this season

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I think he starts the season in Portland, finishes in Buffalo.

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depending on what happens over the next couple of days, talk of connolly leaving, i think he might be used as a line two or three center to finish out this season
If he's around next week. Seems like the blue-chip prospect a "buyer" might need to depart with.

Not that I'd necessarily agree with shipping Luke.

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What are the chances of Mr. Luke Adam becoming a full timer next year?
I would say closer to 10%. He is no doubt trade bait.

Roy #1 or #2 center and Gaustad #4 Center
That leaves Adam as our #3 center next year and if you want to win the cup in 3 years or less then I am thinking it willl be a UFA their instead.

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I'd say he's got a 50/50 shot right now, but a lot of that can and will change with trade deadline moves and off-season acquisitions/losses.

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