Predators Signal Tolvanen to Three-12 months Extension

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Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsIt could be the canine days of the summer time for the time being, however the Nashville Predators are nonetheless exhausting at work. The Predators locked in considered one of their proficient younger forwards on Monday night, agreeing to phrases with Eeli Tolvanen on a three-year extension price a median annual worth of $1.45 million. Tolvanen, who was drafted by the Predators within the first spherical again in 2017, is now set to remain in Nashville by way of the 2023-24 season. Frankly, that is a particularly puzzling participant to judge. Tolvanen has confirmed to be a comparatively one-dimensional participant in his lone season of full-time NHL obligation, appearing as a deadly energy play choice when working from the highest of the left circle, and, properly, not a lot else. The 22-year-old solely simply turned a full-time massive leaguer in 2021 after showing for temporary cameos with the Predators in each the prior two years, racking up 11 objectives and 11 assists for 22 factors in 40 video games. For instance how a lot the facility play influences his manufacturing, a whopping 12 of these factors (six objectives and 6 assists) got here on the person benefit, with Tolvanen proving to be a comparatively low-impact participant at 5v5 by way of his restricted expertise so far. Nonetheless, Tolvanen has miles of runway down which to develop within the years to come back. On a group just like the Predators, whose offensive struggles have been their downfall for so long as reminiscence serves, Tolvanen can fill a significant position for them throughout their present interval of transition. And even when he finally cannot — which does not appear to be the case at this level, thoughts you — a $1.45 million cap hit is definitely stomachable, even in right this moment’s cap-strapped local weather. Given the three-year time period and minimal monetary threat, that is some tidy enterprise by the Predators. Now it is as much as Tolvanen to make it a steal. 

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