What Really Brings the Newly Acquired Players to the Team

Published March 5, 2023 at 5:50 PM

The Edmonton Oilers made some significant moves during the NHL trade deadline, acquiring defenceman Mattias Ekholm from the Nashville Predators and forward Nick Bjugstad from the Arizona Coyotes.

But they also gave up defenceman Tyson Barrie, forward Reid Schaefer, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 fourth-round selection, a 2023 third-round pick and prospect defenceman Michael Kesselring.

What tdo the newly acquired players really bring to the table?

Ekholm, who played his entire NHL career in Nashville, has already shown his worth to the Oilers with one assist in three games. He is known for his ability to block shots, tally hits, and participate in playoffs games, which will be crucial for the Oilers in the postseason. Bjugstad, a 6'6" forward, brings physicality, offensive abilities, and effective shootout numbers to the team.

Although losing Barrie was a difficult task for the Oilers, the addition of Ekholm will help tighten up their defensive line, which has been a weakness this season. These trades show that the Oilers are serious about making a push in the playoffs and will stop at nothing to strengthen their team.

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What Really Brings the Newly Acquired Players to the Team

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