2015 NHL Draft: Sabres pry O’Reilly away from Avalanche

By Kristopher Bras
Photo: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is one of several pieces in a trade that brought Ryan O'Reilly to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

Photo: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov is one of several pieces in a trade that brought Ryan O’Reilly to the Buffalo Sabres during the 2015 NHL Draft. (Courtesy of Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire)

 

 

The Colorado Avalanche have finally made good on their promise to ship out embattled centre Ryan O’Reilly, sending him to the Buffalo Sabres early in the 2015 NHL draft.

The team sent O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. While providing the Sabres with a bonafide scoring threat in O’Reilly, it also confirms trade deadline rumours about how high the asking price for O’Reilly was.

The move comes on the heels on an earlier Sabres trade that sent their 21st pick in the draft to the Ottawa Senators for Robin Lehner and David Legwand. Although Tim Murray has done a great job in assembling a capable team to play with 2nd overall pick Jack Eichel, he probably has not erased the belief that he overpays in trades.

 

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