The Nashville Predators selected forward Eeli Tolvanen in the first-round of the NHL Draft.
Eeli Tolvanen is the newest Nashville Predator as the Finnish forward was selected with the 30th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday night.
The 18-year-old is from Nummela, Finland and has played in the USHL over the past two seasons with with the Sioux City Musketeers. This past season the right-wing had 30 goals and 24 assists in 52 regular season games and registered another 10 points in 15 playoff games.
A scouting report, per Dobber Prospects:
Tolvanen is a sniper; his whole game revolves around supporting his arsenal of shots. He has a deceptive and quick release, shots from anywhere with pinpoint accuracy. Tolvanen can shoot in stride, with speed on a rush, or unleash and Ovechkin like one-timer off the half boards on the powerplay and bang in some dirty goals from the crease as well. He skates well and has good vision to read and react to the play well. He is undersized by traditional NHL standards but he is committed to play for Boston College in his post draft year where he can hit the gym to add some size and strength. His fantasy upside is among the top of his draft class.
It is worth noting that Tolvanen is listed at just 5′ 10” which is considered undersized. The Predators are a team that doesn’t shy away from that however with the likes of Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Ellis on their roster to back that notion up.