What would a hypothetical trade for Pavel Buchnevich look like for the Sabres?

Trading for a winger like Pavel Buchnevich won’t come cheap for the Sabres, so expect some steep compensation should they make such a move.
Feb 10, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA;  St. Louis Blues left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) and Buffalo
Feb 10, 2024; Buffalo, New York, USA; St. Louis Blues left wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) and Buffalo / Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
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If the Buffalo Sabres traded for Pavel Buchnevich, one of the downsides is that general manager Kevyn Adams would be giving up a good deal of compensation, ranging from draft picks to prospects and maybe even a player already with the big club. But we also need to remember the sense of urgency surrounding him, head coach Lindy Ruff, and the Sabres organization. 

So if the Blue and Gold overpaid for Buchnevich should a trade commence, it would be worth doing so. As mentioned in yesterday’s piece, he’s a proven player who has excelled with not one but two organizations, and there is no reason he shouldn’t yield the same results with the Sabres. 

Buchnevich would be an excellent fit in Buffalo, regardless of whether he played on the top line or alongside Dylan Cozens and Jack Quinn or JJ Peterka on the second. So, to bring him to the Queen City, what does Adams need to specifically give up?

Sabres need a win-win situation with the Blues in a Pavel Buchnevich trade

Before we dive into what the package itself would look like, let’s talk about the state of the St. Louis Blues. General manager Doug Armstrong needs to make his team younger, especially at the blue line, and he must also acquire prospects at the same position. Therefore, someone in the Sabres defensive rotation or within the system would likely go to Gateway City. 

Armstrong must also keep improving his overall prospects pool, which is currently ranking around the middle of the league. If Adams is willing to trade a first-round pick, and it’s a likely scenario, doing so would further entice Armstrong to move Buchnevich. 

And if you paid any attention to the Blues this past season, you may have realized their scoring woes were worse than what the Sabres were going through. That said, a high-end A-prospect at forward would also be worth moving to Gateway City, preferably one close to being NHL-ready.