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Buffalo Sabres Deal Brayden McNabb to the Los Angeles Kings


While Tim Murray hasn’t been able to strike a deal for any of the upcoming free agents currently wearing blue and gold, he has cleared up a little space on the Buffalo Sabres blue line by dealing defenceman Brayden McNabb to the Los Angeles Kings.

McNabb has had trouble cracking the Buffalo Sabres blue line this season and has seen just 12 games in the NHL this

season. However, he has had success on the Rochester Americans blue line this season, recently being named an all-star. McNabb has 29 points in 38 games with the Amerks this season.

In return the Buffalo Sabres will acquire two young prospects including power forward Hudson Fasching who is currently playing at the University of Minnesota. Fasching was a member of team USA at the past World Junior Championships. The other prospect is reported to be Nicolas Deslauriers who can play both defence and left wing and is thought to be one of the Kings most promising prospects. Deslauriers is an amazing skater much like a Jake Gardiner.

The Kings were in need of support on their blue line and the Sabres have a plethora of defenceman to part ways with going forward. Both Fasching and Deslauriers have solid potential and boast of a bright future. McNabb likely wasn’t going anywhere with the Sabres logjam of defenceman so flipping him for two prospects was a nice move by Murray.

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  • Jes

    Also two 2nd rounders to LA. Any idea of what they are like year wise?

    • Justin Tosczak

      They were the ones we got from LA in the Regehr trade- So this year and next year

  • Dano

    Murray was supposed to be draft-dreaming and now hes flipping/giving up picks? WTF?!?!?

  • Ben Chalker

    Picks are lottery tickets.

    Cashing them for known quantities isn’t the worst idea ever, at worst it’s mitigating the risk attached to said picks.

    • Jes

      I believe this was an ok trade. Both prospects have a good upside.

      • Caitlin Campbell

        Looking forward to seeing Fasching… he’s supposed to be a beast… much like a Girgensons I’ve been told

  • David

    So, ultimately, the deal has become Robyn Regehr and Brayden McNabb for Fasching and Deslauriers??? Not sure how I feel about that… not thrilled at this point, but Fasching I think has big time upside. Deslauriers will wear Blue & Gold no later than next year, possibly before the end of this season IMO.