Luke Adam signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, but it could be his final chance to finally break through the team's roster.
Adam is a promising talent that has spent parts of four seasons with the big club, but his inconsistency has landed him in the AHL ranks of Rochester on more than one occasion. His rugged play and scoring tear for Rochester last season helped him earn a call-up to the Sabres. He started strong with the Sabres and impressed coaches with his work ethic and even tallied a goal against Toronto. Sadly, though, that was his only NHL goal of the season.
Adam has been a complex player for the Sabres for quite some time. He seems to flourish when facing competition in the AHL or other tournaments, but he can't quite seem to get over the hump once he gets an opportunity in the NHL. Some have already written him off as a career AHL player, and they might be right, if he fails to impress this season.
The fact is, Adam is running low on chances. Buffalo's one-year commitment to him seems to deliver a silent message that his chances are running out. That, and Buffalo's deep and very talented prospect pool could make Adam expendable if he fails to live up to expectations.
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