Two future NHLers dominate Tier IV of the Sabres Top 24 and under player and prospect rankings

You know the Sabres dynamic prospects pool shines when there are two forwards who have already seen NHL ice taking a middle-of-the-pack ranking.
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13: Isak Rosen, W/Rochester/Sabres

Okay, we’re ending this one with a player who can easily find themselves pitching into the lower lines in 2024-25 if he has an outstanding playoff run and preseason. Isak Rosen didn’t do much in his first NHL appearances, but with a noticeable jump in production and size - 6’0, 175 lbs at the time of this writing - Rosen is more NHL-ready than he’s ever been. 

He would still need to earn a spot in a scarce lineup that could become even more scarce should Kevyn Adams make some offseason moves, but Rosen’s continual improvement in the regular season and postseason implies a full-time spot in the NHL will arrive, whether it’s in Buffalo or elsewhere - once again, we cannot rule anyone out via a potential trade in 2024. 

We’re also left to imagine just how much damage Rosen would have done in the AHL if the Sabres never recalled him last fall. The turbulence invoked a scoring slump when he returned to Rochester, so there’s a chance he would have been more than dominant. 

But Rosen still got it together, and he’s once again helping the Amerks win in the playoffs. If he produces in the postseason the way he did early in the regular season, Rosen, like Savoie, will build a ton of momentum. 


(Statistics provided by Elite Prospects and Hockey-Reference)