Despite the confusing situation with Mikhail Grigorenko and his return to the Buffalo Sabres, the Sabres still needed to call up replacements to fill the void left by Nikita Zadorov, Johan Larsson and Rasmus Ristolainen and today they made their call-ups. Luke Adam and Brayden McNabb were recalled from the Rochester Americans earlier this morning and are expected to play on Thursday.
Luke Adam is currently leading the Amerks with 13 goals in 15 games and is tied for the AHL lead. Many people have been calling for
him to get a chance since he has been lighting it up in the AHL and the Sabres need help scoring goals. With a new coach and new management this will be an opportunity for Adam to prove himself to the new guys and hopefully give him the chance to stick around. Adam was given a leadership role with the Amerks early this season and has since flourished and now is looking to make his mark with the Sabres.
Brayden McNabb was also recalled by the Buffalo Sabres and he is have a solid season in his own right. He has 12 points, 29 penalty minutes at is a +5 on the blue line down with the Amerks. He plays a solid, hard hitting style of hockey and should help steady the horrible Sabres defence as he is leading the Amerks defence.
If neither player is slated in the long-term plans of the Buffalo Sabres this will give the team an opportunity to showcase both players ahead of the trade deadline and use both players to help solidify a deal. Both young prospects had fallen out of favour with Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier and are hoping to make the most out of new management and stick with the Sabres. Both players should be eager to prove they belong in the NHL while there is space for them and hopefully their energy will flow throughout the entire lineup.