The leading scorer among AHL rookies is getting the call to the NHL.
Luke Adam was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres this morning and will make his NHL debut tonight in Philadelphia as Sabres’ forward Rob Niedermayer didn’t travel with the team due to his wife giving birth to a baby girl on Monday.
Adam, 20, is currently second on the Pirates in scoring with five goals, five assists for 10 points, one point behind leading scorer Mark Mancari.
The 6-2, 215-pound native from St. John’s, NL was named the AHL’s Player of the Week after scoring two goals, two assists for points in the opening weekend of the season.
Adam did skate with the Sabres this morning and will wear the same number he wore in training camp, No.72.
It’s not expected to be a long recall for Adam with the Sabres nearing a return to full health. Forward Jason Pominville is awaiting test results on a concussion he sustained on Oct. 11, and could return as soon as this weekend, along with Niedermayer when Buffalo travels to Atlanta and Dallas.
With Adam in Buffalo, the Pirates now have 12 forwards, seven defenseman and two goalies. It’s not expected anyone will join Portland on a PTO as they don’t play until Friday night when they begin a four-game road trip by visiting the Norfolk Admirals.