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tarheelhockey 09-02-2012 03:08 PM

A thread for every player: Austin Levi
 
Austin Levi

(rankings among Plymouth Whalers defensemen)

GP: 64 (out of 68)
Goals: 5 (3rd)
Assists: 25 (2nd)
Points: 30 (2nd)
PIM: 46 (4th)

Age: 20 (February 16, 1992)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 192lb

Contract status: RFA in 2015
Current contract: 3yr, $1.82 ($608,333 in the NHL, $60K in the AHL)
Acquired: Drafted in 3rd round (85th) in 2010



Anyone have a lead on Levi's progress? I felt like he got lost in the shuffle a bit last year, with our attention on other D prospects.

Rally Donkey 09-04-2012 04:53 AM

I had season tickets to the Whalers last year. He had a great year. I liked a lot of guys on that team for different reasons, but Levi was my favorite defenseman. I'll be sorry to see him go. Nobody shuts it down like him- his mobility on the penalty kill is so much fun to watch. He just takes everything away and works really well with whoever he's paired with. I don't know if they stream Charlotte games on the web, but I will be looking for them. A lot of pros work out at a nearby gym here. He's up to 6'4", 210 lbs.

If this were a regular year, I think he'd get to see some exhibition games with the Canes, spend most of the season with Charlotte, and maybe get called up for a game or two during the season. With the lockout, it depends on who else shows up at the Checkers camp. If locked out veterans decide to play in the AHL, that wouldn't be good for a guy like Levi. I think he needs that experience in order to make the permanent transition to NHL more quickly and to make it stick. He's a totally differnt player from Faulk and Murphy, although I think for the style of game he plays (defensive D/shut down/PK) he is ready for the NHL this year with just a couple of months of AHL play to get used to the tempo. The ECHL is a good option too, but I am betting there's going to be quite a dog fight at camp for the spots in Charlotte. I think chances are better that we will see him in Charlotte than in Florida.

Vagrant 09-04-2012 05:16 AM

I have been watching Levi for a long time and what he did for Plymouth last year was amazing. Levi and Schmitz were two guys that really elevated themselves. I think Levi has the chance to be an impact player as there aren't too many defenders with his combination of size, mobility, and willingness to play physical. He's not ever going to be an offensive defender, but he did show adequate ability on the PP when put there later in the season when injuries hit.

tarheelhockey 09-04-2012 08:12 AM

6'4", 210lb is an awfully nice physical frame for a defensive defenseman in the NHL.

DaveG 09-04-2012 08:20 AM

IMO he's still very raw offensively, and that may never come around. But IMO he's also one of the biggest reasons that Dumoulin was expendable. Dumo was the best shutdown dman in college hockey the past couple years. But Levi was right there among the best, if not the best, shutdown dmen in the OHL over that same time frame. I won't be all that surprised if it doesn't take him long at all to transition up to the NHL level given his skating, physical play, and defensive awareness.

And he can bust some heads too, which is always nice to have.

Rally Donkey 11-11-2012 08:17 AM

Good MIHockey article with interview. Levi seems to have adjusted to the disappointment of missing out on Charlotte this year. His outlook is positive and healthy considering you know he wants to be at the next level.

Yes We Cam 11-12-2012 04:55 PM

He will probably get called up with Sanguinetti and Gragnani injured I think.

HisIceness 11-12-2012 06:08 PM

I don't know much about the guy so I'll ask here.

Is his last name pronounced Le-Vey, or Lee-vi?

impeach estaalo 11-12-2012 07:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hooked on Ponics (Post 55719287)
He will probably get called up with Sanguinetti and Gragnani injured I think.

I don't think he can play for the Checkers until his junior season ends

tarheelhockey 11-12-2012 09:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HisIceness (Post 55720941)
I don't know much about the guy so I'll ask here.

Is his last name pronounced Le-Vey, or Lee-vi?

It's pronounced Levi.

Yes We Cam 11-12-2012 09:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Summer Ruutu (Post 55722177)
I don't think he can play for the Checkers until his junior season ends

I guess we'll be seeing a lot more of Krueger then. Or hell, Chris Terry has been an amazing powerplay qb on the point.

BTW, Levi's name isn't pronounced like the jean company.

Vagrant 11-13-2012 04:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hooked on Ponics (Post 55719287)
He will probably get called up with Sanguinetti and Gragnani injured I think.

I think Joe Sova and Beau Schmitz with Florida would be the more likely options. We actually have guys in the ECHL this year.

Rally Donkey 11-20-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hooked on Ponics (Post 55727287)
I guess we'll be seeing a lot more of Krueger then. Or hell, Chris Terry has been an amazing powerplay qb on the point.

BTW, Levi's name isn't pronounced like the jean company.

You are incorrect. His name is pronounced exactly like the jean company, "Lee-Vye."

http://michellesegar.com/wp/wp-conte...2/08/levis.jpg

geehaad 11-20-2012 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RedwhiteandGreen (Post 55905597)
His name is pronounced exactly like the jean company, "Lee-Vye."

False. It is pronounced "BAHL-Ler".


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