For the second straight year, a member of the Blue and Gold youth gets the chance to be showcased at the NHL All Star Game. This year, the benefactor is Center Luke Adam. Adam started the season centering the top line for the Buffalo Sabres, placed between leadings scorers Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek. Most rookies dream to be in a spot that good.
The Sabres fast start and the success of Pominville and Vanek wore off on the young center and he frequently appeared on the Sabres score sheet. When he wasn’t on the score sheet, his presence was still felt on the ice.
While he mirrored the teams early success, the teams current drought has him scrambling to find more ice time to get back on the top of his game. With Jochen Hecht out of the lineup once again, Adam will be called upon to center the top line once again; maybe, just maybe that will spark another surge from the rookie center.
Number 72 in Blue and Gold will be able to showcase his skills against his captain as he will be competing in the Hardest Shot Competition for Team Chara. Jason Pominville is competing with Team Alfredsson.
With his size and experience, if Luke Adam continues to develop into a top line center, he could be the pivot man the Buffalo Sabres have been waiting for, and he could find himself among the elite team of players that makes the annual trek to the All Star Festivities.
Last season Tyler Ennis joined the All Stars as the rookie representative for the Buffalo Sabres.
All Star Weekend continues tonight with the All Star Skills Competition and concludes tomorrow with the actual All Star Competition.