Fantasy Summary

Versatile forward with power elements to his game. Has displayed some offensive upside and has a relatively safe floor as an NHL forward in some capacity.


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June 2023 – Schaefer came close to a Memorial Cup win with the Seattle Thunderbirds, but ultimately couldn’t quite make it all the way. On the stacked T-Birds team, Schaefer didn’t truly shine. The 6’4″ winger could make the jump to the NHL next season, especially considering he was one of the oldest players in the 2022 draft, but don’t expect him to be much more than a physical bottom-sixer for a very long time His game will have significant value in multi-cat leagues, however. Aaron Itovitch

February 2023 – Schaefer has been traded to the Nashville Predators in a package deal for defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Schaefer, 19, has 23 goals and 47 points in 44 contests for the Seattle Thunderbirds this season. Curtis Rines

July 2022 – Schaefer has been selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the final pick in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

May 2022 – Schaefer can best be described as a modern-day power forward. He is willing to go to the dirty areas, score goals in-tight, and isn’t one to back down from a physical challenge. Showing promising development, he has scored at a decent rate this season after hardly producing in his first WHL campaign. Hard to miss, the 6-3, 214 pound winger plays a heavy, powerful game and is very tough to play against. Using powerful, long strides, Schaefer is able to get up to speed with the game when he gets his wheels turning, and is agile enough to stay on the forecheck and make quick stops and turns. Combine this with his energy and effort on every shift, and you can see why he is a thorn in the side of his opponents. This style of play is not fun to play against, as he is able to pressure defenders on the forecheck easily and make their jobs difficult. Schaefer is a versatile power forward, however as he plays on both the powerplay and penalty kill. Utilizing his big frame and long reach, he can disrupt powerplay breakouts and take away passing lanes on the kill. On the man advantage, his booming shot and physical presence play a big role in Seattle’s success in special teams. There isn’t a lot to dislike about his game as his style of play will translate to the next level but his skating speed could improve if he lightens his heavy feet and adds some more power to his push-offs. Schaefer could very well see himself going earlier than many expect in this year’s draft as his translatable skills and NHL-ready tendencies will have some scouts rating him very highly. Evan Pace

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth September 21, 2003
Height 6‘3”
Weight 214 lbs
Drafted 2022 Round 1; Overall: 32


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2016-2017 PAC White U15 AANAHL U1530 16 824 60|        
  PAC Saints U15 AAAAEHL U151 0 00 2|        
 2017-2018 OHA Edmonton U15 PrepCSSHL U1527 11 1223 20|Playoffs5 0 00
  OHA Edmonton U15 PrepJohn Reid Bantam5 1 01 2|        
  Team Northwest Alberta Cup5 0 00 2|        
 2018-2019 OHA Edmonton U16 PrepCSSHL U1634 7 1724 74|Playoffs3 1 01
  OHA Edmonton U18 PrepCSSHL U184 0 11 2|        
 2019-2020 Spruce Grove SaintsAJHL33 6 1016 32|Playoffs2 0 00
  Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL7 0 11 9|        
 2020-2021 Spruce Grove SaintsAJHL3 0 00 2|        
  Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL18 0 22 14|        
 2021-2022 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL66 32 2658 88|Playoffs25 6 1521 32 
 2022-2023 Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL55 28 3361 92|Playoffs19 8 1119 24 
  Seattle ThunderbirdsMemorial Cup5 0 22 14|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 0 11 2|        
 2023-2024 Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL63 7 1421 39|Playoffs14 1 23 35