Welcome to the new "Player Card" series at FloridaPanthers.com presented by Truist! In these articles, we'll break down both the basics and the beyond when it comes to some of your favorite Panthers players and prospects through their on-ice statistics, off-ice interests, and an informative Q&A session.
In today's card, we'll take a look at Panthers 2020 seventh-round pick Devon Levi.
Name: Devon Levi
Date of Birth: Dec. 27, 2001
Birthplace: Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec
Weight: 184 lbs.
Levi put up what's commonly referred to as "video game numbers" this past season.
Spending the 2019-20 campaign manning the crease in Junior A, the 18-year-old goaltender was named both the CCHL's "Most Valuable Player" and the CJHL's "Rookie of the Year" after going 34-2-1 behind a 1.47 goals-against average, .941 save percentage and eight shutouts.
Helping Carleton Place to the best record in the CCHL, Levi was incredibly consistent all year, surrendering more than two goals in just five of his 37 appearances. From Nov. 3 through Feb. 9, he played like a man among boys, going 18 straight games allowing just two or fewer goals.
In that span, he stopped 416 of 437 shots he faced for a .952 save percentage.
"We had a great team and coach," said Levi. "I wouldn't have been able to do it myself. I give a lot of credit to the guys in the locker room and to the awesome team and leaders we had last year. I just played and had fun. I didn't look at my numbers at all during the season. I sort of put that behind me and prioritized winning over having good stats. I just let the numbers appear."
On the international stage, Levi was named tournament MVP while leading Canada East to a silver medal at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge. From Nov. 16-31, he will be one of just five goaltenders attending Canada's selection camp for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Making the jump to the NCAA, Levi will spend the 2020-21 season at Northeastern University.
FloridaPanthers.com: Looking back at the draft, what was that experience like?
Levi: It was definitely one of the highlights of my life. It was something I'd dreamed about ever since I was a little boy, getting drafted into the NHL. To have that experience was a dream come true, especially because it was with the Florida Panthers.
FloridaPanthers.com: Once the seventh round began, what were your nerves like?
Levi: There were definitely some nerves. I was just looking forward to hearing my name, and it was a huge relief when I did.
FloridaPanthers.com: With the draft being held digitally, how did you spend the night?
Levi: I'm actually at Northeastern University right now, so I was with some teammates. We watched at the rink. I was also on Zoom with my parents and my younger brother.
FloridaPanthers.com: Did you find out you'd been drafted live or were you tipped off?
Levi: I actually found out on the TV. It was an incredible moment.
FloridaPanthers.com: Have you received any Panthers gear yet?
Levi: Yep. They shipped the jersey and a hat to my house back in Montreal. They sent some other apparel as well. It was funny because my parents opened it up, put everything on and sent me a picture of it to surprise me.
FloridaPanthers.com: Not long after the draft, the good news kept rolling in when it was announced that you'd been invited to Canada's selection camp for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. Already riding the high of the draft, what was that moment like?
Levi: Honestly, it was everything I could have asked for. Almost every family in Canada watches the World Juniors. It was a big thing growing up every single year with my family. It's a huge event. To have the opportunity to possibly take part in that and represent my country is a dream come true as well. I was just so happy to get the invite and that sort of recognition.
FloridaPanthers.com: What are you hoping to take away from the camp?
Levi: I know that every time I step on the ice, there's always going to be something to learn. I'm looking to take full value out of this camp. I want to take value out of every shot that I get.
FloridaPanthers.com: While the schedule is still up in the air, how much are you looking forward to getting down to South Florida for a development camp once things start to settle down and get back to normal in the future?
Levi: I can't wait. It's going to be awesome. I've always wanted to attend a development camp, but never have. To attend one in Florida would be unreal.
FloridaPanthers.com: Have you visited South Florida before?
Levi: My parents actually just bought a house in Boca Raton and they plan on moving there next year. They actually bought it before the draft. They had no clue this was going to happen. It's funny how things turn out. I've come to Florida at least three times a year since I've been born. My family loves Florida. It's cool the Panthers chose me. I couldn't have asked for better.
Hockey Idol Growing Up: Carey Price
Favorite Food: Chipotle
Last TV Show I Binged: The Last Dance
Favorite Pump-Up Song: "Dreams and Nightmares" by Meek Mill
If I Didn't Play Hockey, I'd Play: Tennis
Favorite Video Game: NHL 21