Pair of Buffalo Sabres Prospects Traded


UPDATE #2: Martin has now been traded to the Saskatoon Blades.

UPDATE: The trade of Buffalo Sabres prospect Brycen Martin to the Kamloops Blazers has been declared void by the Western Hockey League.

Two Buffalo Sabres prospects were on the move Tuesday after being traded by their respective Canadian Hockey League teams. First up in the Ontario Hockey League, right wing Justin Bailey was traded from the Kitchener Rangers to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. The Greyhounds paid a hefty price, sending back center David Miller as well as three draft picks and a conditional pick. All of the draft picks, including the conditional one, are second- or third-round selections. Bailey, 19, was drafted 52nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Williamsville native was in his third season with the Rangers and has 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points in 35 games this season. Last year, Bailey had 43 points in 54 games throughout the season, so he’s on pace for a record year for himself.

The trade sees Bailey move from the Rangers, who sit last place in the Midwest Division, to Soo, where the Greyhounds sit first in the West Division. Sault Ste. Marie has a 27-9-0-2 record and is the third-best team in the Ontario Hockey League, behind the Erie Otters and Oshawa Generals. Bailey was expected to meet the Greyhounds on Tuesday and should be in the lineup when they visit the Sudbury Wolves tonight. Meanwhile, in the Western Hockey League, another Buffalo Sabres prospect was moved.

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Brycen Martin

was traded to the Kamloops Blazers on Tuesday evening. In exchange, the Swift Current Broncos received defenseman Josh Connolly and a second round pick. Martin, 18, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres 74th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

He’s in his third WHL season, all of which has been spent with Swift Current up until this point. Last season, Martin had 37 points and 42 penalty minutes in 72 regular season games. He also had two assists and four penalty minutes in six playoff games.

This season, Martin, a Calgary native, had 16 points (2-14) and 22 penalty minutes in 39 games with the Broncos.

The next game for the Buffalo Sabres prospect with his new team will be this Friday against the Kelowna Rockets.

Both of the moves came just days before the respective leagues’ upcoming trade deadlines. For the Ontario Hockey League, Friday is the deadline, while the Western Hockey League meets its deadline on Saturday. Multiple teams have already made moves, including the significant trade that sent Leon Draisaitl to the Kelowna Rockets. Draisaitl was just returned to the WHL from the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him third overall in 2014.