Why sending down Devon Levi was the right call

Mar 29, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) during a stoppage
Mar 29, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; Buffalo Sabres goaltender Devon Levi (27) during a stoppage / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

After he was called up on the Buffalo Sabres recent five-game road trip, goaltender Devon Levi was sent down to the Rochester Americans. In the two games he started since being called up, Levi went 1-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.78 and a .947 save percentage.

He came in relief of Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen in the Ottawa Senators game where Buffalo was losing 5-0 after the first period and Devon let in one goal in the loss. During the season as a whole, the netminder had a record of 10-8-2 with a SV% of .889 and a 3.10 GAA.

Even though the Sabres are technically alive in the playoff race, their chances are very slim. With Luukkonen getting the bulk of the starts, sending Levi down was the right call by general manager Kevyn Adams. Devon did start a couple of games but there is no sense of having him around if UPL is going to start and with the Sabres on the verge of missing the postseason.

This is the second time that Devon has been sent down to Rochester. After the first time, Levi was thriving with the Americans. With his 11-5-3 record, he posted a 2.52 GAA and a .927 SV%. Unlike Buffalo, Rochester is having a good season and are top three in their respective division with a record of 33-22-6-3.

Eric Comrie might get one or two starts but honestly, it might be Luukkonen who will be starting the last few games. There is no sense of having Levi up with the Sabres with where they are, especially since he barely started any games.

Borrowing an injury to one of the goaltenders, we won't see Levi back with Buffalo until next year. Hopefully, he can help the Amerks make a deep playoff run and win the Calder Cup.