3 – Alex Tuch, W (54th)
Alex Tuch is one to watch, and something tells me his 54th place ranking will probably trend north in the coming seasons. Tuch logged 79 points this past season, and had he not missed eight games, he likely would have finished second on the team in points.
Like Tage, however, the one major downside with Tuch is how much will the Buffalo Sabres second and third lines potentially cut into his points production. Further, with the defense projected to be better, the Sabres shouldn’t need to score so much just to stay afloat.
4 – Devon Levi, G (101st)
While I believe in Devon Levi, I will admit that I was surprised to see him ranked anywhere near the Top 100. Levi is a rookie goaltender whose ultimate test includes how well he can acclimate to an 82-game season as the projected 1A, and whether he can remain consistent for the entire season.
However, every time I’ve written about the need to take a cautious approach with Levi in the past, he’s proven me wrong at every turn. That said, it would be unsurprising if he logged at least a 0.910 save percentage and a 2.7 GAA or even lower – not that he wouldn’t have growing pains, but still…