TRADE: Sabres Acquire Ryan McLeod From Oilers

The Buffalo Sabres have bolstered their roster by acquiring forward Ryan McLeod from the Edmonton Oilers, as reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. 

McLeod, 24, was a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and has established himself as a reliable player over four seasons with the Oilers, contributing 32 goals and 75 points in 219 NHL games. 

Known for his exceptional speed and high energy in the offensive zone, McLeod's addition brings valuable depth and experience to the Sabres' middle and bottom-six forward groups. 

He enters the final year of his two-year, $4.2 million contract, which will see him further strengthen Buffalo's lineup.

Mcleod should significantly improve Buffalo's penalty kill and overall defensive performance. His presence is expected to elevate the Sabres' possession game, complementing the team's existing strengths and addressing key areas for improvement.

In addition to McLeod, the Sabres also receive forward prospect Tyler Tullio. Tullio, 22, has recorded 22 goals and 47 points in 117 games for the Bakersfield Condors, Edmonton's AHL affiliate. 

In exchange, the Oilers acquire top prospect Matthew Savoie, a highly-regarded center selected ninth overall by Buffalo in the 2022 NHL Draft. 

Despite his smaller stature (5-foot-9, 179lbs), Savoie has demonstrated exceptional playmaking skills and offensive prowess in the WHL. 

This past season, he racked up an impressive 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 total points across 23 games played with Moose Jaw. In addition, he added 10 goals and 24 points in 19 playoff games.

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