What would the Buffalo Sabres 2023 All-Prospect Team look like?

Mar 31, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) warms up before a game against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) warms up before a game against the New York Rangers at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports /
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Buffalo Sabres prospect Gavin McCarthy
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – JUNE 29: Gavin Mccarthy talks with head coach Don Granato after being selected 86th overall by the Buffalo Sabres during the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft – Rounds 2-7 at Bridgestone Arena on June 29, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Defensemen

First Pairing

  • Nikita Novikov – Vsevolod Komarov

This would be an interesting duo, with the offensive-minded Komarov pairing with the sledgehammer in Novikov. This pairing would give the Buffalo Sabres a balanced look on the first pairing.

Second Pairing

  • Ryan Johnson – Gavin McCarthy

This pairing gives us someone with experience at the lower levels in Johnson teaming up with a newbie in Gavin McCarthy. Once again, there is balance here, but it’s also where the young rotation in this exercise would show some inexperience.

Third Pairing

  • Mats Lindgren – Maxime Strbak

Lindgren has and could continue to work on his defensive game here while Strbak would continue getting experience in the North American style of play – he did have 45 games of experience in the USHL in 2022-23.

Extra

  • Norwin Panocha

As with our two extras at forward, Panocha would sit and watch while getting more practice reps in with the team. And if he were to play, Panocha would rotate in with either Lindgren or Strbak.