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SABRES ACQUIRE O’REILLY, McGINN FROM COLORADO

by Staff Writer / Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has acquired forwards Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

O’Reilly (6’0”, 210 lbs., 2/7/1991) joins the Sabres after tallying 55 points (17+38) in 82 games last season as a member of the Avalanche. The Clinton, Ontario native led all Colorado skaters in faceoff percentage (53.3%) and takeaways (55), and led all Colorado forwards with 19:43 of ice time per game in 2014-15.

A former Avalanche second-round pick (33rd overall) in 2009, O’Reilly has appeared in six NHL seasons with Colorado, registering at least 50 points in each of the last three full seasons. In 427 NHL regular-season games, he has recorded 246 points (90+156) and 64 penalty minutes, adding seven points (3+4) in 13 postseason games.

O’Reilly was awarded the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2014 following a 2013-14 season in which he recorded career highs in goals (28) and points (64) – and only two penalty minutes – in 80 games.

A seven-year veteran, McGinn (6’1”, 210 lbs., 8/5/1988) has spent appeared in 366 NHL games with the Avalanche and the San Jose Sharks, recording 128 points (69+59) and 172 penalty minutes. Though he spent most of the 2014-15 season on injured reserve, McGinn registered career-best totals in assists (19) and points (38) in 79 games in 2013-14.

A native of Fergus, Ontario, McGinn was originally selected by the Sharks in the second round (36th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

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