Today in Hockey History: June 25

Today in Hockey History: June 25

June 25th, 2020 June 25 has been an important date for the National Hockey League and its growth from six to the soon-to-be 32 teams. Also, this date brought us some important rule changes, a new postseason award and a whole slew of new stars. Expansion is the Word of the Day The NHL laid down the...
Predators: What's the Deal With Eeli Tolvanen?

Predators: What's the Deal With Eeli Tolvanen?

June 21st, 2020 Ah, Eeli Tolvanen. The prospect with so much hype that Nashville Predators’ fans thought they had drafted one of the league’s next great goal scorers. However, after waiting multiple seasons to see his highly anticipated skillset in a Predators’ uniform fulltime, many have let go of the same...

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May 16th, 2020
NHL Entry Draft

The NHL Draft order is not set yet, but the Nashville Predators are more than likely to draft around the 18th selection. After a season filled with ups and downs, including a coaching change in early January, the team will be able to add a top-tier talent to their 23rd-ranked system, according to The Hockey Writers' Mid-Season Farm System Rankings. They have one of the best defensive cores in the league with Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, and Mattias Ekholm, but struggled offensively once again this season, even after signing center Matt Duchene last offseason. Related: Best Nicknames in Hockey They lack depth at the blue line in their prospect pool, especially with Dante Fabbro graduating to the NHL, but this could be an excellent chance to add to their forward depth. They currently have...
May 13th, 2020
Nashville Predators

It’s difficult to talk about the 2019-20 Nashville Predators without mentioning the captain, Roman Josi. It’s near impossible to discuss the team’s MVP without the Swiss defenceman being in the conversation. Scratch that, it’s completely impossible to have the MVP discussion without Josi. Let’s get it out of the way early, Josi is the Predators’ MVP. In fact, if it wasn’t for an historic season from the Washington Capitals’ John Carlson, most may consider Josi as the slam dunk winner for the Norris Trophy this season. Related: Blackhawks' Top 3 Current Rivalries The 29-year-old defenceman may still be in the running for the award despite Carlson’s performance. Josi has been nothing less than elite this season. Although he may not come away with the Norris...
May 5th, 2020
Predators Goaltending

Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Nashville Predators had arguably the most dynamic goaltender tandem in the NHL. Pekka Rinne, 37 years old, was solidified as their starter and one of the top goalies in the league, while talented backup Juuse Saros, 25 years old, was just on the horizon as Rinne’s replacement. It looked like it would be an easy and smooth transition from Rinne to Saros. At least, that's what everyone had hoped for, but things do not always go as planned. Related: Revisiting David Poile's Drafts - 1998 Fast forward a year and the Predators have huge question marks surrounding their goaltending situation. Rinne was quite literally amongst the worst starters in the league while Saros had superb moments, but was inconsistent throughout the season. Over the course...
May 4th, 2020
Predators History

Throughout the years, May 4 has provided more action in National Hockey League playoff history than a lightsaber duel in space. Multiple hat tricks, the crowing of a champion and broken records are among the big moments on this date. Hat Trick Heaven When you think about the possibilities of who scored the fastest playoff hat trick in Edmonton Oilers’ franchise history a lot of great names come to mind. You’d probably guess that it belongs to a Hall of Famer like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri or Paul Coffey and you’d be wrong. Petr Klima set that mark on May 4, 1991, when he scored a natural hat trick during a 5:13 span in the first period of a 7-2 win over the Minnesota North Stars, in Game 2 of the Campbell Conference Final. On May 9, 2009, the top two players...
May 1st, 2020
Predators Prospects

Egor Afanasyev has continued his upward trajectory this season. Scoring 67 points in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 62 games for the Windsor Spitfires, some believe that he has made himself the top prospect in the Nashville Predators pipeline. Heading to North America A native of Tver, Russia, Afanasyev started out his career in America early. He began playing with Little Caesars, a junior team from right outside of Detroit before he was selected in the 10th and final round of the USHL draft by the Muskegon Lumberjacks in 2017. That round also saw current and future draft picks Brendan Brisson and Jackson LaCombe selected. Related: Revisiting David Poile's Drafts - 1998 Playing for two years in Muskegon, Afanasyev tallied 76 points for the team. In 2018-19, he led...
April 29th, 2020
Predators Prospects

David Farrance exploded onto the scene this season at Boston University in a big way. The third-round pick for the Nashville Predators in 2017 tallied 43 points in 34 games for the Terriers, leading the team in points, despite the season being cut short. Returning to Boston University Farrance recently announced that he will return to the Terriers for his senior season for the team. He has since been named an alternate captain for the Terriers in 2020-21. While there is most certainly an entry-level contract in his future for the Predators, he said he wanted to return to accomplish big things with his teammates. Related: 7 Things About Mikael Granlund “I love BU,” Farrance said in a statement. “Getting the opportunity to develop and learn here has been absolutely...