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Tolvanen Arrives in Nashville, Skates with Preds

Top Predators Prospect Begins Process to Make His NHL Debut Soon

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Preds Sign Eeli Tolvanen

GM Poile announces Preds have signed Tolvanen

Preds General Manager David Poile introduces the team's newest player, Eeli Tolvanen

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He's here.

After a whirlwind 100 hours, Eeli Tolvanen arrived in Nashville, Tennessee, in the early morning hours on Thursday to ink a three-year, entry-level contract with his new team.

Selected by the Preds with the 30th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, Tolvanen has become one of the most highly touted prospects in hockey after a banner season in the KHL as an 18-year-old. And now it's almost time for him to make his NHL debut.

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Preds Focus Turns to High-Scoring Tolvanen for NHL Playoffs

Preds GM Intends to Add Prospect for Predators' Stanley Cup Playoffs Run

by AJ Mazzolini @ajmazzolini /

The question is no longer if heralded prospect Eeli Tolvanen will play in the NHL this season, but when.

After watching his 2017 first-round pick tear up the elite Russian KHL all season, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile then witnessed Tolvanen score with even greater frequency for Finland at the recent Winter Olympics. Despite still being two months shy of his 19th birthday, one thing has become clear.

Tolvanen is ready for his next test.

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20th Season: The Road Through Milwaukee

Overwhelming Majority of Current Preds Players Have Spent Time in AHL with Milwaukee Admirals

by John Glennon @glennonsports /

The 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Predators forward Kevin Fiala arrived in North America anticipating a quick ascension into the NHL ranks.

What he didn't necessarily bargain on was playing 110 of his first 116 North American games in Milwaukee, home to the Predators' American Hockey League affiliate.

It wasn't until this season that Fiala became rooted in the Predators' lineup, a top-six player who produced 13 points in his first 20 games.

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Video: Preds Prospect Tolvanen Records Goal, Four Points in Olympic Debut

Predators First-Round Pick in 2017 has Memorable Debut at 18 Years of Age

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Nashville Predators prospect Eeli Tolvanen made quite the impression during his Winter Olympics debut, recording four points in Team Finland's 5-2 win over Team Germany on Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The 18-year-old forward was Nashville's first-round pick (No. 30 overall) in the most recent NHL Draft and has been scoring at a record-setting rate in his rookie season in the KHL, playing for Jokerit. Tolvanen has already notched the highest-scoring season by an 18-year-old in KHL history, recording 17 goals and 17 assists (for 34 points) in 47 games; Evgeny Kuznetsov, now with the Washington Capitals, tallied 32 points (17g-15a) in 44 games during his 2010-11 KHL season at 18.

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Preds General Manager Talks Trade Deadline Plans

David Poile Looking for Deals but Won't Overpay at Deadline

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

GM David Poile on Trade Deadline

GM Poile discusses trade deadline, Preds roster moves

General Manager David Poile discusses his thoughts and options in advance of the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 26

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Whether or not David Poile will be busy leading up to the Feb. 26 Trade Deadline isn't a question.

Rather, the issue to be pondered is if the Nashville general manager will actually find a deal that makes sense for his club, something that will be top of mind over the next 13 days.

The NHL's longest-tenured GM left the question up in the air on Tuesday evening as he addressed the media at Bridgestone Arena, looking forward to what his team may look like come playoff time. If there is a deal to be made, he'll make the call. But if the options don't present themselves, that's just fine, too.

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Preds Prospect Tolvanen Starring in Rookie KHL Season

Nashville's First-Round Pick in 2017 Named to KHL All-Star Team

by AJ Mazzolini @ajmazzolini /

With the way this 18-year-old is tearing up the Kontinental Hockey League this season, Nashville Predators fans should familiarize themselves with the name Eeli Tolvanen.

Tolvanen, the Preds first-round pick in the NHL Draft earlier this year, is on the verge of securing the highest-scoring season the KHL has ever seen from an 18-year-old. And the season is only two-thirds over.

The Nummela, Finland, native notched a hat trick for Finnish-based Jokerit in his KHL debut in August, his first-career professional game, and has stayed hot ever since. Tolvanen is up to 31 points (17g-14a) in 37 games. The left wing's next point will tie him for the most in KHL history for an 18-year-old.

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Broadcaster Blog: Interview with Preds Assistant GM Paul Fenton

Willy Daunic and 3D Chat with Assistant GM About Turris Trade, Preds Prospects

by Willy Daunic @WillyD1025 / Television Play-By-Play

The perspective of any NHL assistant general manager is unique. Paul Fenton of the Predators must not only know everything about his NHL team, but also be tuned into each prospect in the system, the next wave of amateurs and the beat of what is going on around the League. He may be in Nashville watching the Predators one day, taking in a Milwaukee Admirals game the next, then scouting two college games a few nights later.

I caught up with Fenton on "3D" on the Preds flagship station, 102.5 The Game, prior to Tuesday's game at Bridgestone Arena, a 6-3 Predators victory over Washington. He provided detailed insight on some familiar subjects, but also some important Predator news that is under the radar. I hope you will listen to it - here is your roadmap on just a few of the subjects discussed in the interview.

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Veterans Lindback, Zolnierczyk Contribute to Hot Start for Admirals

Milwaukee Leadership Group Contributing for Nashville's AHL Affiliate

by AJ Mazzolini @PredsNHL /

The 2010-11 season feels like a lifetime ago for Anders Lindback, and in a way it is.

The goalie has picked up and moved close to a dozen times, playing for 10 different teams spread across three hockey leagues and in as many countries.

He's almost a different person than the last time he suited up for the Milwaukee Admirals six seasons ago, and certainly different than when the Nashville Predators selected him in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Girard, Kamenev Making Positive Impressions as Preds Roster Shrinks

As the Regular Season Approaches, Two Predators Prospects Hoping to Stay in Nashville

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

And then there were 26.

As training camp hits its final week and the 2017-18 season inches closer, the Nashville Predators are busy making preparations and shaping their roster down to the required number of 23 by the Oct. 3 deadline.

The Preds are a long way from the 54 players they started with on their roster on Sept. 14, but a couple of interesting cases remain, particularly in the forms of forward Vladislav Kamenev and defenseman Samuel Girard.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 27 Players

Nine Players Assigned to AHL's Milwaukee Admirals

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 25, 2017) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has assigned forwards P.C. Labrie, Trevor Smith, Emil Pettersson and Yakov Trenin, defensemen Alexandre Carrier, Petter Granberg, Jack Dougherty and Andrew O'Brien and goaltender Anders Lindback to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

Nashville's training camp roster is now at 27 players - 16 forwards, nine defensemen and two goalies. Click here for an updated roster.

The Predators will return to Bridgestone Arena this week for their final two games of the preseason schedule with both matchups set to start at 7p.m. CT. The Columbus Blue Jackets come to town on Thursday, Sept. 28, and then Nashville's last game before the regular season will take place Saturday, Sept. 30 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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