If this sounds like a familiar story, well, it should.
After Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis won back to back Rookie of the Year awards in the AHL, Portland/Buffalo looks like it could capture the trophy for the third straight year, with the stellar play of center prospect Luke Adam.
Here is a video of Adam charging the net among his peers in the IIHF World Juniors:
Zac Dalpe, a prospect of Carolina, currently leads the AHL with 18 goals and 43 points in 46 games. He has tacked on 17 PIM’s to go with those stats.
Meanwhile, Adam has compiled 21 goals for 42 points in just 40 games, with 32 PIM’s to go with those numbers. It is going to be a close call – Adam’s Pirates have 18 remaining, while Dalpe’s Checkers have 14 to go. Barring injury and call-ups, this one should go to the wire.
When is the last time an AHL team boasted the Rookie of the Year for 3 straight seasons?
It has been done in 2 consecutive years twice – by the Nova Scotia Voyageurs in 1976-1978 (Rod Schutt and Norm Dupont), and of course by Gerbe and Ennis in 2008-2010.
Who said Regier can’t draft?
UPDATE: As of March 19, Adam leads all AHL rookies with 50 points -25 goals, 25 assists, 44 games.
Rhett Rakhshani of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers trails with 48 points (17-31 in 56). Zac Dalpe has fallen back with 46 points (19-27 in 50). It would appear Adam is the man to beat, and it’s going to be near impossible for anyone to catch him.
Well done, Luke. Keep up the good work.