BUFFALO – Sabres goalie prospect Devon Levi arrived in town Saturday night and watched Sunday afternoon’s 7-0 loss to the Boston Bruins from the press box.
So when will Levi, who signed his entry-level contract Friday, practice with his new teammates? Sabres coach Don Granato said Levi, who’s Canadian, is “doubtful” for today’s session because his immigration paperwork must be finalized.
On Friday, general Kevyn Adams said Levi, a decorated college goalie at Northeastern, will be staying with the Sabres the rest of the season.
Granato said jumping right to the NHL allows Levi, 21, to experience the “stress” and “pressure” the Sabres have right now as they battle to stay in the playoff race.
“There’s importance to that to be here under these circumstances right now,” he said prior to Sunday’s game at KeyBank Center. “So there’s lots of benefits.”
Adams said he’s open to Levi playing this season. The Sabres have 13 games left, and considering how badly they’ve struggled this month, his presence might give them a much-needed boost.
The Sabres, of course, want to give Levi time to acclimate. This week, they host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, the New Jersey Devils on Friday and play a road game against the New York Islanders on Saturday.