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Predators decide Tolvanen still isn’t ready for NHL

The Nashville Predators made some roster cuts on Sunday, with one being a little bit surprising: Eeli Tolvanen. This doesn’t send a signal to panic, but it is a little frustrating to see the stilted development of the 20-year-old forward, who was the 30th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft. For much of 2017-18, Tolvanen made highlight-reel plays in Finland that led people to believe that the Predators pulled off a big steal. That momentum was seemingly halted late in that season, however, as he received limited use in three regular-season games with the Predators. Still, hopes were high for the then-rookie winger. To Tolvanen’s credit, he didn’t explore a potential out-clause as he stagnated in the AHL last season. Apparently th ...
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