The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forwards Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch, a top-10 protected 2022 first-round pick, and a 2023 second-round pick in exchange for forward Jack Eichel and a 2023 third-round pick.
If Vegas selects in the top 10, the first-round pick in 2022 becomes an unprotected first-round pick in 2023.
Krebs, 20, was selected by Vegas in the first round (17th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 11 career NHL games and recorded his first point – an assist – last May. This season, he’s recorded 10 shots in nine games for the Golden Knights.
Krebs spent the past three seasons captaining the WHL’s Winnipeg Ice. He was named the WHL’s Player of the Year in 2020-21 after leading the league in assists (30) and points (43) in 24 games.
The Okotoks, Alberta native also had eight points (3+5) in seven games for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championship, where he won a silver medal alongside Sabres forward Dylan Cozens.
Tuch, 25, tallied 33 points (18+15) in 55 games for the Golden Knights last season. He has 139 points (61+78) in 255 career contests. Since 2017-18, he leads all Golden Knights skaters to have played at least 100 games for the team in even strength points per 60 (2.64) and ranks fourth in even strength goals per 60 (.97)
He posted his most productive season during the NHL’s last full campaign in 2018-19, when he set career highs in goals (20), assists (32), and points (52) in 74 games.
In 66 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Tuch has compiled 33 points (19+14) and a plus-11 rating.
The Minnesota Wild drafted Tuch in the first round (18th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Syracuse native grew up a Sabres fan and has worked with current assistant coach Matt Ellis during past offseasons at the Academy of Hockey inside LECOM Harborcenter.
Tuch has missed the start of this season after undergoing shoulder surgery in July. He is signed through 2025-26 with an average annual value of $4.75 million.