The Predators have monitored forward prospect Eeli Tolvanen with great interest. He's given them reason to. Nashville's most recent first-round pick has torched the Kontinental Hockey League during his rookie season with Jokerit Helsinki. Tolvanen's drool-worthy skill set should jive well with the Predators' offensive philosophy, and the possibility exists that the 18-year-old may transition to the NHL this season. “I think based on what he’s accomplished so far this year, that might be probable," Predators general manager David Poile said Wednesday. A dynamic triggerman who averages 3.7 shots per game, Tolvanen has 17 goals and 32 points this season, receiving a KHL All-Star nomination earlier this month. His next point will place him in sole possession of the best under-19 season in the European league's history. “I think simply he’s living up to (how) our scouts described him when we drafted him," Poile said. "He’s a pure goal-scorer. He loves to shoot the puck. He can score from a lot of different places. He’s lethal on the power play, and it certainly has translated on a high level. "If you believe that the KHL is the second-best professional hockey league, I would say Tolvanen is faring very well, especially at his age. That's what we were looking for, and that's what he's delivering." Tolvanen currently is representing Finland at the World Junior Championship tournament and could do the same at the upcoming Winter Olympics, which the NHL isn't participating in for the first time since 1994.
Predators looking at bringing Tolvanen to NHL this season
Tennessean | Dec 28