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09-09-2012, 11:41 AM
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Minors start no major issue for Adam

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Two years after he was the American Hockey League’s best rookie, 12 months after bolting from the starting gate with a dozen points in 11 NHL games, Luke Adam figures to be punching his ticket back to the minors.

Which, in this case, is not such a bad thing.

Adam, now 22, is in the final year of his entry level contract with the Buffalo Sabres, which means should the NHL owners lock out their players next week — which, by all accounts, is looking more and more like a given — Adam would be sent to the AHL’s Rochester Americans.
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But that was then and this is now, and in this instance, Adam couldn’t be happier if he starts the year in the American league.

“No one wants a lockout,” he saying this week, “not the players, not the owners, not the fans. It’s not good for anyone.

“There’s 18 of us here in Buffalo skating, and we’re all trying to make it business as usual. We’re still hoping something will get figured out. But if not, playing in the AHL won’t be so bad.”

No one knows for certain — well, maybe the NHL executives do, but they’re not saying — who will be permitted and not permitted to play in the minors to start the season. What is a given are those players signed to minor-league deals, two-way contracts and those, like Adam, on entry level deals.

Which means the big centre from Kilbride will have a leg up on the Sabres veterans who will be idle for however long the dispute lasts.
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Adam worked out hard in the off-season with local fitness guru Bob Thompson, and he also skated in a league at Jack Byrne Arena, featuring fellow Newfoundland pros, major junior and junior A players, and local senior hockey guys.
http://www.thetelegram.com/Opinion/C...sue-for-Adam/1

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All the kids seem really close to each other, McNabb, Foligno, Tropp, Adam, Girgs. Good for team chemistry.

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He's a good player, he should make it.

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Lukey! Boy..if there is #NOLOCKOUT I hope he is good enough for the big club.

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A lockout could be a really good thing for the development of our prospects. Grigorenko and Girgensons can't be rushed to the NHL and can only be more ready next year, having Armia competing for a roster spot as well.

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A lockout could be a really good thing for the development of our prospects. Grigorenko and Girgensons can't be rushed to the NHL and can only be more ready next year, having Armia competing for a roster spot as well.
agreed. as much as I dread a lock-out the only thing I can think of is how the team played the year after the lock-out....

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A lockout could be a really good thing for the development of our prospects. Grigorenko and Girgensons can't be rushed to the NHL and can only be more ready next year, having Armia competing for a roster spot as well.
Shades of 2005-2006 in the making? One can hope.

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its amazing how many people have written him off, Adam is still a young player and this is the make or break year for him

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All the kids seem really close to each other, McNabb, Foligno, Tropp, Adam, Girgs. Good for team chemistry.
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A lockout could be a really good thing for the development of our prospects. Grigorenko and Girgensons can't be rushed to the NHL and can only be more ready next year, having Armia competing for a roster spot as well.
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Shades of 2005-2006 in the making? One can hope.
Agreed - if there's a consolation prize to a lockout, it's the increased skill and competition level that will happen at the AHL level (just as happened in 2004-05) from many teams' top prospects/rookies playing in the minors. It will also serve to help strengthen the bond of the "future core" for guys like Foligno, McNabb, Girgensons and Pysyk - just as it did when Roy, Vanek, Miller, Pominville and Gaustad had that year in Rochester to jumpstart their NHL careers.

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its amazing how many people have written him off, Adam is still a young player and this is the make or break year for him
While many fans and media may have written him off, it's worth noting that the one person most in control of Adam's future - Lindy Ruff - did the same after the hot start Adam had petered out last year. Unless Adam dramatically improves his skating, scoring and/or physicality, it seems he'll always be on an uphill climb to earn Ruff's trust.

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