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The Buffalo Sabres have acquired defenseman Bowen Byram from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Casey Mittelstadt, the team announced Wednesday.

Byram, 22, has 20 points (8+12) in 55 games this season while averaging 19:51 of ice time.

The fourth-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Byram has 63 points (23+40) in 146 career regular-season games. He has 12 assists in 27 career playoff games, 20 of which came during Colorado’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2022.

Byram joins a Sabres defense corps that currently includes five other players under the age of 25 in Rasmus Dahlin, Owen Power, Mattias Samuelsson, Henri Jokiharju, and Ryan Johnson – all of whom were selected in the top 32 of their respective draft classes.

Prior to his NHL career, Byram won a gold medal with Canada at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he was teammates with current Sabres forward Dylan Cozens. He captained Canada to a silver medal the following year on a team that also included Cozens, Peyton Krebs, and Jack Quinn.