February 13, 2019 | 6:56pm ET
TOLVANEN COULD BE KEY PIECE IN MAJOR PREDS DEAL
Eeli Tolvanen, right wing
The Nashville Predators are looking to add a top-line talent to their roster by the time the trade deadline hits at 3pm ET on Feb. 25 and GM David Poile appears to be dangling one of his top prospects as bait.
It’s believed the Predators have made right wing Eeli Tolvanen available as part of a package for a top-tier player, though it’s unclear whom specifically they’re targeting.
The Predators have expressed interest in the likes of Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin, Ottawa Senators stars Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, and New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes, among others.
Nashville has also been linked to Los Angeles Kings centre Jeff Carter and Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello, but it’s unlikely Tolvanen would be included in a deal for either of these two veterans.
A deal for Panarin or Stone would almost certainly include a first-round draft pick along with Tolvanen, and possibly another asset.
Poile has indicated he’s willing to pay a high price if the right player were available.
Tolvanen, 19, made his debut on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List on Wednesday.
Drafted 30th overall by Nashville in 2017, Tolvanen has played in seven games with the Predators, picking up one goal and one assist in four games this season.
The native of Vihti, Finland, has registered eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 35 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL so far this season.