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03-17-2013, 09:04 PM
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Luke Adam

What happened to this guy? How is he playing in Rochester? Why has he not been called up at all? He looked good at the beginning of last season and I know he lost his game. Did everything fall apart for him?

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What happened to this guy? How is he playing in Rochester? Why has he not been called up at all? He looked good at the beginning of last season and I know he lost his game. Did everything fall apart for him?
Pretty much. He's just not very good.

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Lack of effort magnifies a lack of defensive responsibility. He's got a pro release and kind find seems in the offensive zone, but he's Dave Andreychuk slow and there is no contact to his game to merit any sort of strong board work. His confidence shattered by how he was handled last year, then demoted and no results (and not much work) followed by not much work this year -- his days as a Sabre prospect seem numbered at best.

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Lack of effort magnifies a lack of defensive responsibility. He's got a pro release and kind find seems in the offensive zone, but he's Dave Andreychuk slow and there is no contact to his game to merit any sort of strong board work. His confidence shattered by how he was handled last year, then demoted and no results (and not much work) followed by not much work this year -- his days as a Sabre prospect seem numbered at best.
I was under the impression that he has been playing pretty well in the last few months

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Lack of effort magnifies a lack of defensive responsibility. He's got a pro release and kind find seems in the offensive zone, but he's Dave Andreychuk slow and there is no contact to his game to merit any sort of strong board work. His confidence shattered by how he was handled last year, then demoted and no results (and not much work) followed by not much work this year -- his days as a Sabre prospect seem numbered at best.
Too bad. You would think he would sense an opportunity with the way things are going in Buffalo. We could use a call up who could play some games in the top 6. I have thought one of the problems we have been having is the result of players on the top two lines don't feel any push from players on the farm.

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I was under the impression that he has been playing pretty well in the last few months
Better is relative.

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His 2010-11 season looks to be an aberration.
He's a top six forward or bust and his puck skills have seemingly degraded to those of a fourth liner, so he's useless.

If he learns how to keep his stick on the ice, maybe he'll become a AAAA scorer.

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Luke Adam is a perfect example of Lindy's inept handling of players.

Last season Adam played 52 games for the Sabres, getting 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Not bad at all.

He hit a dry stretch, so instead of letting him work through it, as he would've his pets, Lindy started moving him around and demoting him.

The low point in all this was when Adam had returned from the all-star weekend, likely on cloud nine professionally---and Lindy scratched him right out of the gate instead of capitalizing on what would've been quite a confidence booster for any NHL'er, especially a rookie. Then, after humiliating the guy like that, due to another players injury, he put him back in the lineup a game or two later, with his confidence already crushed again, and Adam fell flat. Then it was off to Rochester. Nice job.

It was a clinic in how NOT to deal with player psyche.

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If you can't handle being demoted or scratched as a rookie in any league, you don't have the mental fortitude to begin with.

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I was under the impression that he has been playing pretty well in the last few months
Kevin O. has never been a fan of his, but he's saying this, too. Apparently Cassidy has had many positive things to say about him of late. (At least preceding this past weekend.) I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a look at some point.

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Luke Adam is a perfect example of Lindy's inept handling of players.

Last season Adam played 52 games for the Sabres, getting 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Not bad at all.

He hit a dry stretch, so instead of letting him work through it, as he would've his pets, Lindy started moving him around and demoting him.

The low point in all this was when Adam had returned from the all-star weekend, likely on cloud nine professionally---and Lindy scratched him right out of the gate instead of capitalizing on what would've been quite a confidence booster for any NHL'er, especially a rookie. Then, after humiliating the guy like that, due to another players injury, he put him back in the lineup a game or two later, with his confidence already crushed again, and Adam fell flat. Then it was off to Rochester. Nice job.

It was a clinic in how NOT to deal with player psyche.
Ruff and Regier handled him terribly, true. And Adam did himself no favors by not moving his feet far too often and flat out losing his man resulting in chances against far too often. It was a perfect storm of suck by all parties.

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03-18-2013, 05:09 PM
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Luke Adam is a perfect example of Lindy's inept handling of players.

Last season Adam played 52 games for the Sabres, getting 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points. Not bad at all.

He hit a dry stretch, so instead of letting him work through it, as he would've his pets, Lindy started moving him around and demoting him.

The low point in all this was when Adam had returned from the all-star weekend, likely on cloud nine professionally---and Lindy scratched him right out of the gate instead of capitalizing on what would've been quite a confidence booster for any NHL'er, especially a rookie. Then, after humiliating the guy like that, due to another players injury, he put him back in the lineup a game or two later, with his confidence already crushed again, and Adam fell flat. Then it was off to Rochester. Nice job.

It was a clinic in how NOT to deal with player psyche.
Adam had been nothing but a danger for about 20 games, he had no place on an NHL team, let alone the 1st line. Ruff couldn't keep him up any longer.

Adam won't ever be an NHL player, a short lucky streak got him noticed and a lack of center depth has made it a bigger deal then it is.

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