Would like to thank the @WHLsilvertips organization and all my teammates for an amazing 3 years. Time to start a new chapter in @MJWARRIORSAdam spent three seasons with the Tips. The 19-year-old from Surrey, B.C., appeared in 127 games during his time with the Tips. The tall stay-at-home defender tallied four goals and seven assists in those games.
— austin adam (@AuzzieBaby) June 16, 2014
Adam was originally a fourth-round pick in the 2010 bantam draft. He made the Tips as a 16-year-old and had a promising rookie season in a part-time role. However, he had an injury-plagued sophomore campaign in which he was limited to 31 contests. Then last season Adam began as a regular, but he was a healthy scratch for much of final month of the season, when the Tips went on their run to climb into a tie for fourth place in the Western Conference. He didn't play in the playoffs until Noah Juulsen went out with an injury.
Everett general manager Garry Davidson said Adam had expressed concern about his role for next season. Adam was seventh in the defensive depth chart when the season ended, and the only player ahead of him who's expected to be gone next season is graduated overager Matt Pufahl. The Tips also need to make room for newcomers Carter Cochrane and Jordan Wharrie, who both had cameos with the team last season, and Lucas Skrumeda is also in the mix following a good season with his junior A team. Given those circumstances, Davidson said he thought Adam could use a fresh start, which will hopefully happen in Moose Jaw.
With Adam traded, Everett has five defensemen returning from last season's team: Ben Betker (94), Mirco Mueller (95), Cole MacDonald (95), Kevin Davis (97) and Juulsen (97). Cochrane (96), Skrumeda (96) and Wharrie (97) are all signed to WHL education contracts.
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