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Predators Trade Egor Afanasyev To San Jose In Exchange For Ozzy Wiesblatt



Photo of Ozzy Wiesblatt courtesy of the Milwaukee Admirals

Ozzy Wiesblatt got to play alongside Nashville Predators prospects this spring.

Now he’s a full-fledged member of the organization.

The Predators acquired Wiesblatt on Sunday in exchange for forward Egor Afanasyev, who was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Swapping Afanasyev for Wiesblatt gives both players a fresh start as they push for NHL playing time.

Wiesblatt was loaned by the San Jose Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate to the Milwaukee Admirals in March. The 22-year-old forward appeared in 31 total games with the Admirals, posting three goals and 12 assists with a plus-5 rating across the regular season and playoffs.

Before being loaned, the former first-round pick who has yet to play in an NHL game was having an underwhelming season with the San Jose Barracuda. He had registered just 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) with a minus-9 rating in 34 games.

Afanasyev, a 2019 second-round selection by Nashville, spent the bulk of the past three years in Milwaukee. He’s fresh off his best performance with 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists) during the 2023-24 AHL regular season.

But during his time with the Predators, Afanasyev was unable to secure a consistent NHL role. The 23-year-old scored just once and had a minus-8 rating in 19 games with the club over the past two seasons.

Afanasyev is due a qualifying offer with his entry-level contract set to expire, while Wiesblatt still has one year remaining on his ELC.

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