Born June 18, 1990 (age 21) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Center for the Buffalo Sabres
Adam is another part of Team Chara’s rookie collection and tonight he posted the hardest shot among the rookies selected, clocking in at 98.3 mph on his second try. I was impressed. Adam began play with the old hometown team the St. John’s Fog Devils, playing with them for two seasons before being drafted 44th by Buffalo in 2008. After his drafting, the Fog Devils relocated to Montreal and became the Montreal Juniors. Adam played in Montreal for a year and was then traded to my favorite-named team, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He also represented Canada at the 2010 World Juniors.
His NHL debut came in October 2010 against the Flyers and he posted his first goal in December of that year against Boston. However, he spent most of last season with the AHL-level Portland Pirates, including their playoff run. (Fun fact: My hometown Gwinnett Gladiators are the third rung in a Buffalo/Phoenix split-Portland-Gwinnett affiliation.) He won an AHL award for rookie of the year. However, he’s spent all of this season so far with Buffalo (49 games, 10 goals, 10 assists, 14 penalty minutes). Hockey playing runs in the family; his dad played and appeared in games with the Toronto Maple Leafs. And hey, if he keeps working on those slappers, he’ll surely go over 100 mph before he knows it!