One prospect for the Sabres to sell and two players to buy at the trade deadline

With a 29-29-4 record and 62 points, the Buffalo Sabres may be out of the running, but there are enough young players to trade for to keep building this young team.
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Player to buy: Adam Boqvist

The Sabres would have Adam Boqvist for 2024-25 to see if he’d be a good fit if they worked out a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Like Zegras, Boqvist won’t cost them a lot in cap space next season, and he’s a two-way talent they could put into their third-pairing. 

Boqvist would join former No. 1 picks Rasmus Dahlin and Owen Power, which, along with Ryan Johnson and Mattias Samuelsson, comprises an ultra-young core with the potential to remain together for a while. Not to mention, Connor Clifton would be there, too, giving Buffalo an ultra-talented top-six with the potential to mesh for the entire decade. 

Like Zegras, we haven’t seen Boqvist often this season, as he’s played in just 29 games as of March 3rd. But he would give the Sabres an insurance policy to quarterback power plays if Dahlin or Power went down with injuries and missed time.

As a two-way talent, he’s also a trusted contributor in the offensive zone, having maintained steady Corsi and Fenwick For percentages and offensive zone starting percentages at 5-on-5. While the Blue Jackets may want a high price for the 23-year-old, the value he would add to the Sabres third-pairing makes him worth inquiring about. 


(Statistics provided by Hockey-Reference as of March 3rd)