The Buffalo Sabres have won only three of their first 17 games, and could end up having one of the worst seasons in professional hockey. The rank near the bottom of the league in nearly every statistical category, and have already seen one star player (Thomas Vanek) traded away. With their offense averaging fewer than two goals per game the Sabres need a spark, and recalling Luke Adam from the AHL just might do the trick.
Through nine games with the Rochester Americans, Adam has eight goals and 12 points. He has played 75 games for the Sabres over the past three seasons, but has yet to get the call for the current campaign. He is on a one-year, two-way deal with the Sabres and they would be wise to see if he can have some success at the NHL level before the season is over. Buffalo selected Adam in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, and he turned pro for the 2010-11 season. Scoring 29 goals and racking up 62 points for the Portland Pirates earned him 19 games with the Sabres, where he managed three goals. His production at both levels tapered off a bit the following season, and last year the Sabres only pulled him up for four games. Adam still managed to finish third on the Americans with 15 goals and 37 points last season, and his hot start this season should be earning him serious consideration from management in Buffalo.
Sabres head coach Ron Rolston is more than familiar with Adam after coaching him in Rochester, and if he’s looking for a spark on the third or fourth line, he knows who to call.