Thursday, November 3, 2011

Luke Adam Is Quietly Making A Case For The Calder Trohpy


When it comes to rookies, the league has caught Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fever. He won the honors of October's top rookie via NHL.com and is the main focus of the hockey world, but beneath the shadow of the next great Edmonton Oiler is Luke Adam of the Buffalo Sabres.

While the rest of the league is watching the young gun in Edmonton, Adam has quietly made a push to be considered the league's top rookie.
At this point in the season both players have played 11 games, and their stats are nearly identical.

Player
Team
POS
GP
G
A
P
+/-
PP
GW
TOI/G
FO%
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Edmonton
C
11
5
6
11
+4
2
1
16:28
28.3
Luke Adam
Buffalo
C
11
4
7
11
+2
0
0
15:00
43.6

Both point totals are identical, there is not a big gap between each player's average time on ice, and Adam seems to be the better of the two in the face-off circle. But still, Nugent-Hopkins gets the majority of the lime light and attention. 

Adam has been rewarded for his early season success with time on Buffalos' top line, between Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville, after off season acquisition, Ville Leino, has had a slow start to his season.

Adam registered a goal and an assist last night in Buffalos' 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, and is currently on a four game point streak. 

Adam was drafted 44th overall by the Sabres in 2008 and spent most of last season with the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, appearing in 19 games, and registering just four four points.
If both rookies continue this pace Adam may sneak up on last season's number one draft pick and be the Sabres second Calder Trophy winner in the past three years.

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