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BLOG: Savoie enjoys new opportunities with Oilers after trade

BLOG: Savoie enjoys new opportunities with Oilers after trade
BLOG: Savoie enjoys new opportunities with Oilers after trade

EDMONTON, AB – Matt Savoie has become accustomed to having the opportunity to compete for a championship almost every season during his junior career.

As Savoie prepares to make the transition to professional hockey next season – now as a member of the Oilers organization after acquiring the Buffalo Sabres – the St. Albert native is looking forward to that trend continuing, along with the opportunity to make an immediate impact for his hometown team that came just one win away from winning the Stanley Cup.

“I feel like throughout my junior career and every team I’ve been on, we’ve had the opportunity to go all the way and make really deep runs,” he said, speaking to Edmonton media for the first time on Monday. “It’s a lot of fun. That’s when you want to play late in the year and you want to compete for championships, so there’s no better place I could have gone to compete for a championship.”

“It’s every young player’s dream to get an opportunity like this, to play with really good players and get good chances, so I’m determined, motivated and ready to get started here.”

The former first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft was acquired by the Oilers last Friday in a trade that sent center Ryan McLeod and forward Ty Tullio to the Sabres, giving Edmonton a prospect on the cusp of entering the pro ranks full-time. Savoie put together a ’23-24 campaign in which he averaged 2.09 points per game with Moose Jaw, won the Ed Chynoweth Cup as the WHL champion before adding a goal and three assists in four Memorial Cup games.