The 28-year-old Boyes had 12 goals and 41 points, tied for third-best on the Blues, but has lost his scoring touch in recent seasons. He scored a career-best 43 goals in 2007-08 and followed up with 33 the next season, but has totaled 26 goals in 146 games the last two seasons.
The Sabres were ninth in the Eastern Conference, two spots out of the final playoff spot, before Sunday night's trade. St. Louis is 13th in the Western Conference and is in rebuilding mode, trading defensemen Eric Brewer and Erik Johnson earlier this month.
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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