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Edmonton Oilers bring home Canadian NHL player Matt Savoie

Edmonton Oilers bring home Canadian NHL player Matt Savoie
Edmonton Oilers bring home Canadian NHL player Matt Savoie

Edmonton Oilers acquire hometown talent in St. Albert native Matt Savoie.

Edmonton Oilers fans finally had something to celebrate this past weekend when a big deal involving a familiar face lifted the reeling fan base out of the post-Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals slump.

That familiar face? Matt Savoie, born in St. Albert.

Savoie, who played his minor hockey here in St. Albert, was traded to his hometown team, the Edmonton Oilers, from the Buffalo Sabres for Ryan McLeod and Tyler Tullio. The news is the first big move for Edmonton Oilers interim general manager Jeff Jackson, and it should pay off handsomely.

Savoie was seen as one of the next big talents at an early age, and was selected first overall in the 2019 WHL bantam draft. Originally selected by the Wenatchee Wild, formerly known as the Winnipeg Ice, Savoie spent the majority of his WHL career with the Wild before finishing last season with the Moose Jaw Warriors, where he finished with 71 points in just 34 games.

He also scored 24 points in 19 playoff games, helping the Warriors win the Ed Chynoweth Cup and secure a spot in the Memorial Cup Tournament, where they finished third.

Although Savoie has only played one NHL game in his career, he is widely regarded as having one of the best upsides in the NHL. Adding that to a team like the Oilers, who are regarded as having some of, if not the most, forward depth in the NHL, is exciting.

But the excitement isn’t just coming from the fans. Savoie also shared his excitement when speaking to the media earlier today (July 8): “It’s exciting. You know, watching the playoff run they’ve made and being around the city and the buzz, it’s exciting to come to this team now.”