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O’Reilly traded to Blues

Sabres gets players, picks in return for veteran forward

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The Buffalo Sabres have traded forward Ryan O’Reilly to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2019 1st round pick, a 2021 2nd round pick, Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund and Tage Thompson.

O’Reilly was with the Sabres for three years and he provided consistency on the scoresheet:

  • 2015-16: 71 GP, 21G, 39A, 60 PTS
  • 2016-17: 72 GP, 20G, 35A, 55 PTS
  • 2017-18: 81 GP, 21G, 37A, 61 PTS

One of the best at faceoffs, O’Reilly had huge trade value, especially since he’s only 27 years old.

GM Jason Botterill got a lot in return for O’Reilly and the Blues are taking on all of the salary in addition to paying ROR’s signing bonus that is due at midnight.

Tage Thompson is a young prospect who the Blues took in the 1st round (26th overall) in the 2016 Draft.

Andrew Forbes of The Hockey Writers described him as a future impact player at the NHL level.

“His raw skill and size should significantly impact where he goes in the upcoming draft. He can move quickly for a big guy and sees the ice as good as most project first-round picks. While he might not possess the same quality of skill as the top five picks, he’s has an all-around game that should make him an attractive prospect. He’ll likely develop into a top-six forward at some point.”

Patrik Berglund is a 30-year-old forward who has spent all 10 seasons of his NHL career with the Blues. His best season was in 2010-2011 when he put up 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists). He has a cap hit of just under $4M for each of the next four years.

Vladimir Sobotka will turn 32 on Monday and is coming off a 20-goal season with St. Louis. 

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