Sabres acquire defenseman Riley Stillman from Canucks

Vancouver gets prospect Josh Bloom in return from Buffalo

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Sabres have acquired some additional depth on the blue line on Monday in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks.

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The Sabres announced late Monday afternoon the acquisition of defenceman Riley Stillman from the Canucks in exchange for prospect forward Josh Bloom.

Stillman, 24, appeared in 32 games this season with Vancouver, amassing five assists and a minus-14 rating in that span.

The right-shot defenseman has played parts of five seasons in the NHL split between the Florida Panthers, Chicago Blackhawks and Canucks. In his 140-game career, the Peterborough, Ontario native has scored three goals and racked up 20 assists for 23 points.

His 2021-22 season was his most productive in the NHL to this point, scoring 12 points (2+10) in 52 games with the Blackhawks.

Stillman was a fourth-round pick (114th overall) of the Panthers in the 2016 NHL Draft. He is also the son of longtime NHL veteran Cory Stillman.

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As for Bloom, the former third-round pick (95th overall) of the Sabres in the 2021 NHL Draft was having a productive season in the Ontario Hockey League split between the Saginaw Spirit and now the North Bay Battalion. In 59 games between both squads, the 19-year-old has averaged just about a point-per-game with 58 points (16+42) in 59 games.

The NHL Trade Deadline is set for Friday, March 3 at 3 p.m. EST.

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