Oilers acquire Mattias Ekholm from Predators

The Nashville Predators are trading defenseman Mattias Ekholm to the Edmonton Oilers, multiple outlets reported Tuesday.

In return, the Oilers will send defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward prospect Reid Schaefer, a 2023 first-round draft pick and a 2024 fourth-round pick, per the reports.

The deal gives Edmonton a top-four defenseman as it vies for position in the Western Conference playoff race.

Ekholm, 32, averages 21:44 of ice time this season and 21:48 in his 12-year career spent entirely with Nashville. In 57 games this season he has five goals and 13 assists, and in 719 career games he has amassed 62 goals and 206 assists.

Barrie, 31, has put up 10 goals and 33 assists in 61 games while averaging 19:08 of ice time during his third season in Edmonton. In 12 NHL seasons with the Colorado Avalanche (2011-19), Toronto Maple Leafs (2019-20) and Oilers, Barrie has 105 goals and 373 assists in 744 games.

–Field Level Media