Sabres acquire Malensteen from Capitals

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Beck Malensteen from the Washington Capitals in exchange for a second-round selection (43rd overall) in the 2024 NHL Draft.

Malensteen, 26, posted career highs in goals (6), assists (15) and points (21) in 81 games last season. The 6-foot-3-inch tall, 200-pound forward ranked fifth among NHL forwards in shorthanded time on ice (211:32) while leading Capitals forwards in blocked shots (93) and all Capitals players in hits (241). He was on the ice for 562 defensive-zone faceoffs at 5-on-5, which ranked third in the NHL (according to Natural Stat Trick).

The Sabres have seven picks on the second day of the draft following the trade, including the second-round pick (42nd overall) they acquired from San Jose on Tuesday.

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