All eyes were on Buffalo Sabres’ young goalie Devon Levi on Friday as he made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers. The 21-year-old, who signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Sabres earlier this month, pulled off his rookie lap and appeared focused in his quest to help the Sabres clinch a playoff spot. Buffalo is five points back of the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot with nine games remaining in the regular season.
However, Levi only faced two shots from the Rangers in his first period, but that did not stop fans from getting the netminder trending on social media.
It was quickly noticed that Levi does not doesn’t go to the bench during TV timeouts. He instead kneels in front of his net as the ice crew cleans up and stares at it.
This is reportedly something Levi has done in the past, meditating during timeouts to stay focused.
It seems to be working. Levi posted a 38-22-6 record, 1.90 goals-against average and .942 save percentage over two seasons with Northeastern University. He captured the Mike Richter Award as the NCAA’s top goaltender last year and has been named a finalist again this season.
So far, he’s doing quite well in his NHL debut.