Brady Skjei

Former Lakeville North and Minnesota Gopher defenseman Brady Skjei signed a 7-year, $49 million contract with Nashville Monday.

The 30-year-old was coming off his best season with the Carolina Hurricanes. Nashville also signed former Tampa Bay superstar Steven Stamkos, making a considerable splash on the free agent market.

Skjei is a former first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2012 (28th overall). He played two seasons with Lakeville North High School (2008-10) before joining Team USA’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) in 2011. He played for the Gophers for three seasons (2013-15). After toiling in the AHL for the Hartford Wolf Pack in 2015-16, he made the Rangers as a full-time defenseman in 2016-17, playing in 80 games and recording five goals and 34 assists.

Towards the end of his fourth season with the Rangers, Skjei was traded to Carolina for a first round pick in February of 2020. In the past three seasons with Carolina he has played in 82, 81 and 80 games, respectively, establishing himself as a top-4 defenseman in the league.

Last season he had his best point output with 13 goals and 47 points.  He also comes with plenty of playoff experience with Carolina having been a playoff team for each of his five seasons with the club.

Skjei is tagged as a two-way defenseman who is solid on both ends of the ice. In his career he has a +21 ranking, including a +15 last season. He has played in 609 career NHL games and has recorded 247 points.

Brady Skjei career statistics

Season

Team

GP

G

A

P

+/-

PIM

PPG

PPP

SHG

SHP

TOI/G

GWG

OTG

S

S%

FO%

2015-16New York Rangers7000+14000017:440060.00.0
2016-17New York Rangers8053439+1142070017:27001273.90.0
2017-18New York Rangers8242125-2739061121:01101532.60.0
2018-19New York Rangers7881725-444000121:14111266.4100.0
2019-20New York Rangers6081523-641000220:40101246.50.0
2019-20Carolina Hurricanes7011-44000020:4900150.00.0
2020-21Carolina Hurricanes523710+630000120:43101042.90.0
2021-22Carolina Hurricanes8293039+2248000021:08001844.90.0
2022-23Carolina Hurricanes81182038+740471121:48301889.60.0
2023-24Carolina Hurricanes80133447+15401121421:16201857.00.0
Career60968179247+2133253231020:389112125.650.0