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Predators Sign Egor Afanasyev to Three-Year, Entry Level Contract

2019 Second-Round Pick Sits Second on Windsor Spitfires in Points with 12 in Rookie OHL Season

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (October 19, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced today that the team has signed forward Egor Afanasyev (ah-fah-NAH-see-ev) to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Afanasyev, 18 (1/23/01), was selected by the Predators in the second round (45th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft and has tallied 12 points (5g-7a) in 11 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires this season. This week, the left wing extended his point streak to five games (4g-4a) by posting five points (2g-3a) in two games and jumped to second on the Spitfires in scoring. He's found the scoresheet in all but three of his games this season and has seen time on the Windsor power play, posting two goals and two assists.

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Predators Recall Eight from Milwaukee

Preds Visit Carolina Tonight in 2019 Preseason Finale

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (September 27, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced today that the team has recalled forwards Rem Pitlick, Anthony Richard, Eeli Tolvanen, Yakov Trenin and Josh Wilkins; defensemen Alexandre Carrier and Jeremy Davies; and goaltender Ken Appleby from Milwaukee (AHL).

The Predators' updated training camp roster may be seen here.

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Predators Reduce Roster to 53 Players

Pair of 2019 Draft Picks, Tomasino and Afanasyev, Assigned to Their Junior Teams

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 17, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has assigned forwards Egor Afanasyev (OHL/Windsor) and Philip Tomasino (OHL/Niagara) to their respective junior teams.

The Predators' training camp roster is now at 53 players - 30 forwards, 18 defensemen and five goaltenders. An updated roster is linked here.

After picking up wins in both games of their doubleheader against the Florida Panthers on Monday, the Predators' preseason schedule continues with a home-and-home vs. Tampa Bay this weekend. Nashville will travel to Tampa Bay for a 6 p.m. CT game on Friday before welcoming last season's Presidents' Trophy winners to Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday. The team's preseason concludes with two games against the Carolina Hurricanes - a home contest on Sept. 25 and a trip to Raleigh two days later on Sept. 27.

Additionally, the Predators will host the second annual PredsFest presented by Bridgestone on Sunday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena. The largest free fan event of the season, activities will include a Player Gold Walk at Walk of Fame Park, Preds player appearances, locker room tours, a used equipment sale and live entertainment.

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Preds Training Camp 2019: Five Storylines to Follow

Duchene, Fabbro, Power Play Among Hot Topics For Predators in Coming Weeks

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

All of our questions are about to be answered - at least from a hockey standpoint.

Four months since they last took to the ice as a team, the Predators are back in town, and training camp has finally arrived with all 56 players on the roster set to report on Thursday morning.

Over the next three weeks, Preds Head Coach Peter Laviolette and his staff will guide their club through six preseason games and a myriad of practices which will ultimately determine the final 23 names on the Opening Night roster. With plenty of players capable of filling a role in the NHL, there will undoubtedly be surprises along the way before the puck officially drops on Oct. 3 at Bridgestone Arena.

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Nashville Predators Training Camp Opens Sept. 12

First Organized Team Practice is Sept. 14 at Centennial Sportsplex

by Press Release @PredsNHL /

Nashville, Tenn. (September 11, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today the complete schedule and roster for the team's 2019 training camp, which will begin with physicals and a team meeting on Thursday, Sept. 12 with the club's first organized practice set for Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9:45 a.m. CT at Centennial Sportsplex. Dates, times and the roster are subject to change.

Nashville's three-week training camp is headlined by six preseason games, beginning with a doubleheader at Bridgestone Arena against the Florida Panthers on Sept. 16 (3:30 and 7 p.m. CT). The Predators then will face off against Tampa Bay on back-to-back nights, traveling to the Lightning on Sept. 20 and hosting Tampa on Sept. 21. Nashville will close out its preseason slate with two games against the Hurricanes, welcoming Carolina to Bridgestone Arena on Sept. 25 before playing them on the road two days later on Sept. 30.

All training camp sessions - with the exception of a 2 p.m. CT scrimmage at Ford Ice Center Antioch on Sept. 15 - will be held at Centennial Sportsplex.

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Tolvanen Tallies Twice as Preds Prospects Finish Perfect in Showcase

Nashville Completes Clean Sweep of Prospects Showcase with Win Over Carolina

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Prospects: Preds 6, Canes 3

Tolvanen tallies twice, Preds beat Canes

Eeli Tolvanen tallies twice as the Predators sweep the Prospects Showcase with a 6-3 win over Carolina

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When asked what he wanted to prove to those around him - and himself - at Predators Rookie Camp and the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase, Eeli Tolvanen simply stated he desired to show he still had that natural-scoring touch.

Mission accomplished.

The 20-year-old Preds winger tallied twice on Tuesday (and four times throughout the showcase) to help Nashville to a 6-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes and a three-game sweep of the tournament.

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Tolvanen Tallies Overtime Winner as Preds Prospects Beat Capitals

Nashville Wins Second-Straight Game at Tournament; Tolvanen, Pitlick Score Again

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Prospects: Preds 3, Caps 2 (OT)

Tolvanen scores again to complete Preds rally in OT

The Predators rally twice and Eeli Tolvanen scores his second goal in as many days to complete Nashville's comeback in overtime

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The Washington Capitals left Eeli Tolvanen wide open in the right circle in overtime, and he didn't miss his chance.

Tolvanen one-timed the game-winner into the twine, as the Nashville Predators defeated the Capitals by a 3-2 final in OT on Sunday afternoon at the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase. The victory moves the Preds to a perfect 2-0-0 on the weekend, with Tolvanen tallying twice thus far.

Rem Pitlick got his second of the tournament on Sunday, and Egor Afanasyev also converted for Nashville to help them rally to win.

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Tolvanen, Pitlick Impress as Preds Open Prospect Showcase with Victory

Four Nashville Skaters Tally as Predators Top Tampa Bay in Tournament Opener

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Prospects: Preds 4, Lightning 1

Tolvanen scores as Predators top Lightning, 4-1

Eeli Tolvanen records the game-winning goal as the Predators open the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase with a win over the Lightning

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They only had two days to come together as a team and prepare for game action, but the Nashville Predators Rookie Camp participants looked right at home on Saturday afternoon.

Four different Preds skaters found the back of the net, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning rookies by a 4-1 final in their opening contest of the 2019 NHL Prospects Showcase at Ford Ice Center Antioch.

Anthony Richard, Eeli Tolvanen, Adam Smith and Rem Pitlick all found twine for Nashville, while goaltenders Connor Ingram and Ken Appleby combined for the victory in net.

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Tolvanen Ready to Push for Spot on Opening Night Roster with Preds

Nashville Prospect is Leaner, Faster, More Confident Than Ever Before

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

It probably doesn't come as a shock that a 20-year-old professional hockey player would declare himself to be in the best shape of his life.

However, when Eeli Tolvanen revealed Thursday at Predators Rookie Camp that he lost some weight over the summer, it wasn't totally expected. After all, players at this stage of their career are usually in the business of bulking up in an effort to compete against the full-grown men patrolling the ice of the NHL.

But, for Tolvanen, who participated in his first full professional season of hockey in North America over the past 12 months, the summer training regimen was a welcome change.

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Fabbro, Pitlick Confident Entering First Preds Rookie Camp Experience

Top Prospects Still Have Plenty to Prove as Preparation for 2019-20 Season Begins

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

Even at the age of 21, there isn't much in the hockey world Dante Fabbro hasn't already experienced.

World Junior Championships, captaining an NCAA club, the Spengler Cup, the IIHF World Championship, the Stanley Cup Playoffs - he's done it all. However, this week will provide a rare first for the fresh-faced blueliner.

Believe it or not, he has never attended Predators Rookie Camp.

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