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Preds Promote Nolan to Chief Amateur Scout; Drulia to Pro Scout

Longtime Scout Receives Promotion; Former Admirals Assistant Coach Moves to Scouting

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Ryan Ellis and Kevin Fiala. Colton Sissons and Eeli Tolvanen, as well. Viktor Arvidsson and Juuse Saros, too.

If it weren't for the work of Tom Nolan, those names may not be on the back of a Nashville Predators jersey. So, when Nolan and his fellow Preds scouts gather in Dallas this weekend for the 2018 NHL Draft in search of the next Arvidsson or Ellis, the veteran talent finder will be doing so with a new title.

The Predators have promoted Nolan to become their chief amateur scout, replacing the void left by Jeff Kealty, who was recently named Nashville's assistant general manager and director of scouting.

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Predators Development Camp Set for June 25-29

Tickets for Future Stars Game on June 29 are on Sale Now

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (June 11, 2018) - Many of the Nashville Predators' top prospects - including 2017 first-round draft pick Eeli Tolvanen, 2016 first-rounder Dante Fabbro and many of the players selected by the club at next weekend's 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas - will participate in the team's 2018 Development Camp from June 25-29 in Nashville.

The camp officially opens on Monday, June 25 with team meetings, off-ice testing and the first of the week's three on-ice sessions. Prospects will also hit the ice for practices on Tuesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 28 at Centennial Sportsplex.

The camp will culminate with the Future Stars Game on Friday, June 29 at 7 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena. General admission tickets to the game are on sale now and are available for a $10 donation (free for Season-Ticket Citizens by request) to the Ford Ice Center Scholarship Fund by clicking here. A plaza party presented by Lee Company will begin at 5:30 p.m. and all fans in attendance will receive a Preds giveaway item.

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Tolvanen Could Earn Roster Spot with Preds Next Season

Nashville Prospect Will Be Given Every Opportunity to Succeed in 2018-19

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

The list of hockey players who see NHL ice time within nine months of being drafted is limited. Those who find success in the League across that same time span is even more exclusive group.

Eeli Tolvanen checked one of those boxes in his first taste with the Predators, not bad for a then-18-year old skating for his fourth different team - he had appearances with Finland at the World Junior Championship and the Winter Olympics - in a single season.

Now, less than a month removed from his 19th birthday, the twine-tickling winger has arguably established himself as Nashville's top prospect and a player who could find himself at the NHL level again in just a few months.

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Predators Sign Swedish Forward Carl Persson

22-Year-Old Forward Finished Third on Karlskrona with 24 Points (13g-11a) in 52 Games

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (May 9, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward Carl Persson to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Persson, 22 (6/28/95), finished third on Karlskrona with 24 points (13g-11a) in 52 games in his first full season in the Swedish Hockey League. He spent the previous two seasons in Sweden's second division with BIK Karlskoga, where he tallied 31 goals - including 26 in 2016-17 - and 51 points. He racked up the fourth-most points in Sweden's second division in 2016-17 with 44 (26g-18a) and helped lead Karlskoga to a second-place finish in the standings. Persson made his professional hockey debut with the SHL's HV71 in 2014-15, recording an assist in four games.

Never drafted, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward played for the Tingsryds AIF program from 2011-14, finishing in the Top 3 on his team in scoring list in each of his three seasons.

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Predators Sign Defenseman Filip Pyrochta

21-Year-Old Notched 12 points in 42 games with Czech Extraliga's Bili Tygri Liberec

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (May 7, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed defenseman Filip Pyrochta (pay-ROCK-ta) to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Pyrochta, 21 (6/24/96), notched 12 points (3g-9a) in 42 games with the Czech Extraliga's Bili Tygri Liberec in 2017-18. It was Pyrochta's second professional season - he played 43 games with same club in 2016-17, tallying two goals and four assists and helping them post 103 points in the regular season to lead the Extraliga. Before returning to play in his native Czech Repbulic, he spent two seasons in the QMJHL with the Victoriaville Tigres and Val-d'Or Foreurs, tallying 60 points (13g-47a) in 129 games.

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Preds Assign Four to Milwaukee

Brandon Bollig, Emil Pettersson, Tyler Gaudet and Frederic Allard Return to Preds' AHL Affiliate

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has reassigned forwards Brandon Bollig, Emil Pettersson and Tyler Gaudet, and defenseman Frederic Allard to the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

The Predators return to Winnipeg to take on the Jets in Game 6 of their second round series on Monday evening at Bell MTS Place. Down 3-2 in the series, Nashville seeks to force a Game 7 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday, May 10. Coverage for Monday's Game 6 begins at 7:30 p.m. CT on 102.5 The Game.

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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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