After being drafted in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators there was plenty of speculation as to where Eeli Tolvanen was going to play next season. It was rumored enough times throughout last week and this morning was made official: Tolvanen will be returning to his native country of Finland to play for Jokerit in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) on a one-year contract with an option for the 2018-19 season.
Tolvanen is a native of Vihti, Finland and started his rise through the hockey ranks as part of the Espoo Blues youth academy where he played up to the Under-20’s squad before deciding to embark to North America. The past two seasons the 18-year old has played for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL). During that time in the USHL he has produced 92 points (47 goals, 45 assists) in 101 games.
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