I did this for Tyler Myers during his eventual Calder winning season, so I thought I’d bring it back for Luke Adam with his hot start. Centering Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville certainly agrees with the young man, as he is second in rookie scoring with 8 points (3G 5A). He’s getting solid minutes, including 2 minutes a game of power play time. With what amounts to the top line center role, he’s facing tough competition each night. He’s had a few offensive lapses, but it seems Lindy is going to stick with the kid through them.
Adam’s main competition for the Calder trophy so far would be Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5G 4A) and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog (4G 2A). Both have more goals early on, but what they have on Luke that would really help them is name recognition. Assuming both stay with the big club and don’t get sent back to a Junior team (where applicable), both are recent high draft picks that are highly touted. I feel Adam and other lesser known potential candidates like Craig Smith or Raphael Diaz would have to significantly outperform RNH and Landeskog to get the trophy. Still, it’s not out of the question for it to happen, especially if Adam keeps getting time between Pominville and Vanek. I’ll be updating this weekly throughout the season.