Nashville, Tenn. (June 21, 2019) - With the 24th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, the Nashville Predators selected center Philip Tomasino on Friday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver.
Tomasino, 17 (7/28/01), tallied 72 points (34g-38a) in 67 games with the OHL's Niagara IceDogs in the 2018-19 season. Compared to his rookie OHL campaign in 2017-18 (5g-19a), he posted improvements of 48 points and 29 goals, the latter of which was the highest increase in the entire CHL. The 6-foot, 181-pound Tomasino led the OHL in game-winning goals with 12 and was fourth in goals on an IceDogs team that won the league's Central Division. Additionally, he had four goals and seven points in 11 playoff games with Niagara last season.
Internationally, the Mississauga, Ont., native represented Canada at the 2019 IIHF World U-18 Championship in April, where he recorded five points (1g-4a) in six games. He also competed on Team Canada Black at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, picking up an assist in five contests.
A product of the Mississauga Rebels minor hockey program, Tomasino was the 14th-ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.
Rounds 2-7 of the 2019 NHL Draft continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m. CT with the Predators holding six more selections: No. 75 (third round), No. 109 (fourth round), No. 117 (fourth round), No. 148 (fifth round), No. 179 (sixth round) and No. 210 (seventh round).