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 registered a goal and an assist in Team Finland's 5-1 win over Team Canada in IIHF World Championship play Saturday. While the Predators left Tolvanen off their playoff roster, the prospect made an immediate impact upon reuniting with his fellow countrymen in this international tournament, helping Finland stun the Canadians in commanding fashion. From a fantasy standpoint, there's a lot to look forward to when it comes to Tolvanen, who was taken in the first round (30th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Possessing a snappy release and drawing comparisons to Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov, Tolvanen got his feet wet in the NHL this season, as he made three appearances in the spring after terminating his KHL contract with Jokerit Helsinki.
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.
Tolvanen agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with KHL Jokerit on Monday, Pekka Jalonen of Iltalehti reports. Tolvanen was selected by the Predators with the 30th pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, but was still under contract with his KHL club. With that hurdle cleared, the 18-year-old figures to sign with Nashville in the coming days and could join the team as soon as the ink dries on his contract.
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