NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 28, 2023) — Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Boyle announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Tyson Barry, forward Red Schaefer, a first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the NHL Draft. 2024 from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a defenseman Matthias Ekholm and a sixth-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft.
“We’re excited to add one of the NHL’s most consistent offensive producers from the blueline in Tyson Barrie to our roster and a talented forward with great height in Reid Schaefer to our ever-growing pool of prospects with this trade,” said Poile. At the same time, this trade boosts the number of our potential draft picks over the next two years, including another first-round pick in this summer’s NHL Draft, which will be hosted at Bridgestone Arena.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we want to thank Mathias and his wife, Ida, for their contributions to the Predators game on and off the ice over the past 12 years. The role he has played in the accomplishments of our franchise—from being an essential component of our leadership group, including To serve as an alternate captain; to help guide us to a Stanley Cup Final, a President’s Cup and two Central Division titles; and to be a constant positive presence in our efforts to advance the game in our community. We wish Matthias and his family all the best in Edmonton and thank him for all he has done during his time in Nashville.” .
Barry, 31 (7/26/91), is tied for 11th among NHL defensemen in points this season with 43 (10g-33a) in 61 games for the Oilers. Going into Tuesday, the 5-foot-11, 197-pound blueliner has scored nine multi-point attempts and is coming off a six-game point streak from Feb. 15-25 (3g-5a), his second at least. Many matches this season. Barry’s 28 game points (4g-24a) are the most by an NHL player at his position, helping Edmonton have the league’s best man-advantage percentage at 31.9 percent.
Originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (64th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Barry has 478 points (105g-373a) in 744 career games. Since his first full season in 2013-14, his 465 points (103g-362a) rank seventh among NHL defensemen, with Predators Captain Roman Jose It ranks third on that list with 562 (147g-415a). Consistent product on the power play, his 196 points on the man advantage since 2013-14 is the eighth-most to strikeouts in the Funny Leagues, and has scored at least 20 power-play points six times, with a career high of 30 (7g-23a) established In 2017-18 with Colorado. Barry has had 20 points (2g-18a) in 46 career Stanley Cup games, most recently skating 16 with Edmonton in 2022, where he had five points (1g-4a) and averaged an 18:18 ice time. He represented Victoria, British Columbia, and his native Canada at three major international events, including two World Championships – winning gold in 2015 and taking silver in 2017 – and at the 2011 World Junior Championships, taking silver.
Schaefer, 19 (9/21/03), is skating into his fourth season with the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds in 2022-23 and sits fourth on his team in goals (23) and sixth in points (47). The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward is tied for fourth in the WHL in game-winning goals with seven in his career and four goals scored on power play after scoring a similar nine in 2021-22. The Edmonton, Alta., native has eight points (4g-4a) in his last three games with Seattle, including a season-high four-point performance on Feb. 24 vs. Tri-City (2g-2a). Originally drafted by Edmonton in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2022 NHL Draft, he won gold at the 2023 World Junior Championships, fitting in all seven of Canada’s games.
The Predators now have 12 draft picks in the 2023 NHL Draft, which will be hosted in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena on June 28-29 – one in the second and sixth rounds; two in the first and fifth rounds; and three in the third and fourth rounds. Nashville has nine draft picks in the 2024 NHL Draft—one in the first, third, fifth, and seventh rounds; two in the fourth round; and three in the second round.
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