Give Buffalo Sabres prospect Luke Adam credit for looking on the bright side.
After playing his way out of the Sabres' lineup midway through last season, Adam was looking to earn a permanent NHL gig in 2012-13. The plan hasn't quite gone off as hoped, though, with the NHL's lockout now on the brink of forcing regular season games to be canceled.
Adam was therefore sent to Rochester for the duration of the lockout. Rather than sulk, he's using the time in the AHL to further hone his game in hopes of grabbing one of the Sabres' center slots when the season starts.
Here is part one of an exclusive Q&A Adam did with Sabres 101. Part two Thrusday will focus on Adam's demotion last year and how it helped him, and part three Friday will center around Adam possibly being part of the Sabres' next generation of core homegrown talent.
Q: What are your thoughts on the lockout at this point?
A: Just taking it day by day right now. I am fortunate enough being a young guy to be able to come down and play in the AHL. I can do whatever is necessary down here in Rochester until something happens for the NHL and when it does I will be ready to go.
Q: Fans eventually came back from the lockout eight years ago. Do you think the fallout will be worse this time? And are you, as players, kept in the loop about what's going on in negotiations?
A: Yeah, as players we are together on this whole thing. We are with the fans on this. We don’t want the game of hockey to lose fans. We’re just taking it day by day, and hopefully when the season does start they will come back and show their support for us.
Q: Does being able to play in Rochester soften the blow about not opening training camp yet in Buffalo?
A: Well, it’s certainly disappointing that I couldn’t come here to Buffalo and try to earn a spot, but I am fortunate to be able to play, unlike a lot of guys who are sitting at home. So when the season does in fact start, we will be in game shape.
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