3 untouchable prospects the Sabres cannot trade at the deadline

The Sabres prospects pool should see a few prospects graduate to the big club in 2024-25, should they refrain from selling them at the trade deadline.

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Isak Rosen has taken another step forward in his second season with the Amerks

For Isak Rosen, it was all about showing fans that the latter half of his 2022-23 season and run during the Calder Cup Playoffs was something he could repeat in Year 2. And although he only has 29 points in 46 contests through February 27th, or 0.630 per game, comparing his production this season with last year’s shows us he’s indeed taken another step in the right direction. 

Rosen’s 37 points in 66 contests in 2022-23 equaled just a 0.560 points percentage. And his minus-2 rating in 2023-24, along with his 12.5 shooting percentage, are also better than what he managed last season, when those respective numbers sat at minus-6 and 10.9, respectively. 

Like Kulich, Rosen also saw time in some NHL games, indicating he’s also one to graduate into a full-time role with the big club next year.

Rosen appeared in seven games with the Sabres and totaled 60 minutes of ice time. While he didn’t show enough to stick around, the fact that he appeared in more contests than more experienced players like Brandon Biro and Lukas Rousek says a lot about what the front office feels about Rosen. 

When the Sabres see some roster turnover this offseason, expect Rosen to rank right up there with Jiri Kulich for a spot in Buffalo.