3 Buffalo Sabres whose stocks are soaring in the preseason

Sep 26, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) during a stoppage in play against the Boston Bruins in the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) during a stoppage in play against the Boston Bruins in the third period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Buffalo Sabres have seen plenty of good things from their players and prospects so far in the preseason. Whose stocks have soared since camp started?

So far in the preseason, 13th overall pick Zach Benson has impressed just about every fan who supports the Buffalo Sabres. And it’s not often when I take an entire postgame article and tailor it around one player, but Benson performed so well in his first two preseason games, that he deserved the stage all to himself.

Benson’s stock is without a doubt skyrocketing, but for now, at least, that’s a given, so I don’t want to make this piece too predictable. Instead, you will see just one name that you may have expected to see, and two others who have really given Don Granato and the coaching staff a few reasons to at least give them an extended look.

Which players, besides Benson, are seeing their respective stocks skyrocket? Keep reading, and you will meet one forward, one blueliner, and one goaltender who have exceeded even some wild expectations.

Devon Levi
Sep 26, 2023; Buffalo, New York, USA; Boston Bruins center Trevor Kuntar (52) deflects a shot on Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

3 Buffalo Sabres with skyrocketing stocks so far in 2023

1 – Devon Levi, G

We saw a lot of good things from Devon Levi last season, and oftentimes, you’ll expect a drop-off early when opponents get enough film and information on an upstart player. At least in terms of Tuesday night, that wasn’t the case, as Levi was perfect against the Boston Bruins.

Sure, Levi was playing against the B Group, and given the roster that the Sabres dished out, it was pretty much a guaranteed win for the Blue and Gold. But in today’s NHL, perfection is far from guaranteed, as Boston threatened to score in a sequence that saw Levi block about five shots in a 20-second span.

While it’s still relatively early and the puck won’t drop for just over another two weeks, if Levi performs the way he did last night, he’s the undisputed 1A. And at this point, there is little reason to doubt that Levi won’t at least enjoy another big-time performance, even if he’s goaltending behind a fringe group in his next outing.