Tolvanen failed to record a point in five playoff contests for AHL Milwaukee. The Admirals were eliminated by Iowa on Monday. To characterize Tolvanen's season as a disappointment would be a massive understatement. He played just four games with the Predators and managed just 15 goals in 58 games for Milwaukee. Tolvanen has always been able to score, but the rest of his game needs a ton of work. The good news is that he is still just 20 years old and has time to make the necessary fixes. He seems likely to begin the 2019-20 campaign right back in Milwaukee.
Tolvanen will join Team Finland at the 2019 World Junior Championships, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports. Tolvanen logged just four games in the NHL this season, and considering he is playing in the minors, there was little reason for the organization not to allow him to leave for World Juniors. Once he is back with the Admirals, the winger figures to be on the short list of potential call-ups throughout the rest of the season.
Tolvanen was returned to AHL Milwaukee on Thursday. Tolvanen tallied two points in his four games with the Preds, in which he averaged 13:16 of ice time. The winger's demotion likely clears the way for Kyle Turris (upper body) to be activated off injured reserve. While Tolvanen figures to spend the bulk of the year in the minors, he should feature prominently on the short list of potential call-ups.
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.
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