Pirates rookie named week’s best

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Portland Pirates center Luke Adam has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 10, 2010.

Adam, making his regular-season professional debut, notched four points to pace Portland to a 6-5 win over Manchester on Saturday night. He assisted on two first-period goals to help stake the Pirates to 1-0 and 2-1 leads, and then scored the game-tying and go-ahead goals late in the third period as Portland rallied for the victory. Adam was a plus-2 on the evening and tied a game high with five shots on goal while earning first-star honors.

In recognition of his achievement, Adam will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Pirates home game.

Adam, a 20-year-old rookie from St. John’s, N.L., was a second-round draft choice (44th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in 2008. He made his pro debut with the Pirates during the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs, notching two assists in three games, after completing his four-year junior career. Adam recorded 49 goals and 41 assists for 90 points in 56 games and was a First Team QMJHL all-star with Cape Breton in 2009-10.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Abbotsford left wing Carter Bancks, Adirondack left wing Patrick Maroon, Albany center David McIntyre, Binghamton defenseman Andre Benoit, Charlotte left wing Jacob Micflikier, Chicago right wing Darren Haydar, Grand Rapids defenseman Brendan Smith, Hartford right wing Kelsey Tessier, Hershey center Keith Aucoin, Houston center Joel Broda, Lake Erie center Julian Talbot, Manitoba center Jordan Schroeder, Milwaukee right wing Matt Halischuk, Norfolk center Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Peoria right wing Graham Mink, Providence center Maxime Sauve, Rochester defenseman Clay Wilson, Rockford right wing Rob Klinkhammer, San Antonio right wing Mathieu Beaudoin, Springfield center Tom Sestito, Syracuse center Maxime Macenauer, Texas goaltender Brent Krahn, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman Andrew Hutchinson and Worcester right wing Jonathan Cheechoo