Category: Nashville Predators

Preds 2017 1st Round Pick Tolvanen Shines in KHL Debut

The Nashville Predators have more to be excited about when it comes to Eeli Tolvanen. The 30th overall draft pick in the most recent 2017 NHL Entry Draft picked up a hat trick in his KHL debut with Jokerit Helsinki. He is the youngest player in KHL history to ever record a hat trick, let alone in his first game.

The Preds have always been known for chiming up NHL goaltenders and elite defencemen, but now it looks like they’ve found a way to acquire future scorers through the draft.

Tolvanen had plans to play for Boston College in the upcoming season, but he, unfortunately, did not meet the criteria. Instead, he took his talents back to his home country to suit up for their only KHL team.

Tolvanen spent the past two seasons playing for the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL, where he produced 30 goals and 54 points in 52 games. He entered the draft as the eighth ranked skater for North American players.

The Hockey News believes the best case scenario for Eeli Tolvanen is to become the second coming of Nikita Kucherov. It’s certain Preds fans are licking their lips after reading that sentence.

While it’s fun to get excited early, it should be noted to pump one’s breaks when discussing a player one game into a season. After all, Fabian Brunnstrom scored a hat trick in his NHL debut, only to fizzle out down the stretch and right out of the league four seasons later.

Still, the early arrows point toward a budding scorer joining the likes of Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, Kevin Fiala, and Ryan Johansen.

Tolvanen has put himself on the map early on in the KHL season, and he will be a player to keep an eye on throughout the year. If he continues to impress, he could find his way to Music City sooner than we all thought.

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Slovan Bratislava Signs Goalie Marek Mazanec

News has come in that HC Slovan Bratislava in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has signed former Nashville Predators goalie Marek Mazanec. The deal is for a single year with the financial terms not being released by the team.

With the sudden rise of goaltender Juuse Saros as the backup to Pekka Rinne, it’s not much of a surprise that Mazanec would be on his way out. But choosing the KHL is sort of a surprise as he could have stayed in the AHL and get called up when needed. However, Mazenec now has the chance to become a starter for a club that doesn’t have many top tier netminders since that’s an area the KHL lacks.

The former 6th round pick selected 179th overall in 2012 will be joining former NHLers such as Andrej Meszaros, Michal Repik, and Radek Smolenak on his new team. So far the 26-year-old goalie has earned eight wins with 13 losses while posting a career .895 save percentage with a career 2.97 goals against average.

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Nashville Predators Mike Fisher Retires

Nashville Predators captain Mike Fisher announced his retirement from the NHL in an article published in the Tennessean on Thursday morning.

Mike Fisher ranks fourth in franchise history with 109 goals and leaves the organization ranked in the top 10 in power-play goals, game-winners, and goals-per-game.

The 37-year-old spent parts of seven seasons with the Nashville Predators after being traded to Nashville by the Ottawa Senators for a pair of draft picks in 2011.

A second-round pick by the Sens in 1988, Mike Fisher leaves having played 1,088 regular-season games, in which he scored 276 goals and 585 points. He added 23 goals and 51 points in 134 playoff games.

And he’ll be rooting for the Preds in retirement.

“I believe that this team, that this city, is going to win a championship, and I’m going to be the biggest fan,” Mike Fisher wrote. ”No one will be happier than I will be to see it happen, because, these fans, they deserve it.”

Via TheGlobeandMail.com