The Nashville Predators selected Eeli Tolvanen with the thirtieth overall selection in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. The 18-year old from Vihti, Finland has spent his last two seasons playing for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL).
Tolvanen’s track record shows that he has a knack for finding the back of the net. In the Espoo Blues youth academy system he scored 59 goals in 47 games in 2013-14 and followed that up by scoring 41 goals in 48 games in 2014-15.
He would leave his native Finland to play hockey in North America for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons as part of the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL. He has produced 92 points (47 goals, 45 assists) in 101 games during that time. Tolvanen announced on Twitter that he would be joining Boston College for the 2017-18 season but he was declined by Boston College Admissions Department.
What were your thoughts of this draft pick and the opening round of the 2017 NHL Draft? Are you surprised to see the Nashville Predators not active on the trade market at this time or is that a smart move if asking prices are too high?
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