Tolvanen found twine and capped off an unforgettable season debut with a power-play assist in Saturday's 5-2 home win over the Blackhawks. When Tolvanen was summoned to the parent club early Saturday morning, it appeared that he was receiving a promotion based purely on merit. However, the Predators announced later in the day that alternate captain Filip Forsberg will miss approximately one month with a hand injury. Still, Tolvanen is a player to watch in fantasy. Selected 30th overall in the 2017 draft, the Finn logged 15:48 of ice time with 2:45 on the man advantage in the victory over Chicago. There's no way the 19-year-old would've received that much rink run on the power play if he was some run of the mill prospect, so take full advantage in the fantasy realm.
Tolvanen was called up from AHL Milwaukee on Saturday. This news is going to raise a lot of eyebrows considering Tolvanen is one of the most promising prospects around. Nashville took him in the first round (30th overall) of the 2017 draft, with the sleek-sniping winger dominating the junior league in his home country to the tune of 90 goals and 95 assists over 96 games. On top of a three-game cup of coffee in the NHL last season, he has experience playing in both the AHL and KHL. Tolvanen is worth a speculative pickup in redraft leagues, but he's probably been floating around in dynasty pools for quite some time.
Nashville assigned Tolvanen to AHL Milwaukee on Wednesday. This news comes as a bit of a surprise, as Tolvanen was considered a favorite for a spot on the Opening Night roster after appearing in the final three games of the 2017-18 campaign, but the Predators clearly believe he'll benefit from an extended stay in the minors. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see the 2017 first-round pick earn a mid-season call up and make a significant impact with the big club this campaign, so his situation is definitely worth monitoring.
Tolvanen will make his NHL debut Saturday night against the visiting Sabres, Tolvanen terminated his KHL contract with Jokerit Helsinki after producing 21 goals and 17 assists over 51 regular-season games and four more in the playoffs. While his cannon for a shot is notable, scouts have also pointed out that he's incredibly quick and plays smart. If you plan to engage in DFS contests, it'll be worth checking to see if Tolvanen is available for the taking due to his status as a highly touted prospect who figures to be on the top line with Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson.
Tolvanen agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Nashville on Thursday. Tolvanen -- who terminated his contract with his KHL club earlier this week -- was selected 30th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year-old will join the Predators immediately and could play as early as Saturday's matchup with the Sabres. In 51 games with Jokerit, the Finn racked up an impressive 21 goals, 17 helpers and 30 PIM. Unless he comes out completely flat, its hard to imagine the team won't keep the winger up with the club heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
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