1. Just a few short weeks ago, the Nashville Predators added some young talent to their organization in the 2017 NHL Draft. All in all, it was a good day for the Predators. Let’s take a quick look at the players they drafted.

1st Round, Pick #30

Eeli Tolvanen, RW, Sioux City Musketeers – USHL

Age – 18

Height – 5’10”

Weight – 189 lbs

From – Finland

Last Year – 30 goals, 24 assists, 52 games played

Considered by many to be one of the best pure snipers in the entire draft, it was a pleasant surprise when the winger fell to the Predators at 30th. Many felt he would was a top 15 pick. Some believe that the Boston College Admissions Department rejecting him is what caused his slide on draft day. He is an elite sniper with an incredible release. Many have called it an NHL release. He uses his speed to create chances off the rush and generates a high number of shots. Scouts say he has every trait you want in a pure goal scorer. He is on the smaller side, but is built solidly and will not get pushed around too often. His defensive game needs to improve, but that should happen as he develops more.

He just signed a 1yr deal to play with Jokerit in the KHL this coming season.

2nd Round, Pick #61

Grant Mismash, C/LW, USNTDP

Age – 18

Height – 6’0”

Weight – 183 lbs

From – USA

Last Year – 26 goals, 35 assists, 65 games played

Another player that fell into the Predators laps. Many felt he would be a late 1st or early 2nd round pick. What a great name as well, Mismash, I love that. He is a good goal scorer with a heavy shot and a physical presence. He is not afraid to get down and dirty while playing a power forward type of game. A very good puck handler with great hands which makes his wirst-shot his best offensive weapon. He is very good at taking a pass and immediately firing it at the net. He does need to improve defensively, but really appears willing to learn and get better.

He is committed to the University of North Dakota for the upcoming season.

3rd Round, Pick #92

David Farrance, D, USNTDP

Age – 18

Height – 5’11”

Weight – 187 lbs

From – USA

Last Year – 7 goals, 30 assists, 64 games played

Farrance is a puck-moving defenseman with great skating ability. He has great vision, smart in the offensive zone and could quarterback a powerplay. Good at making the clean breakout pass and at skating to defend and making the quick transition to offense. He is not a physical defenseman and needs to get stronger.

He is committed to Boston University for the upcoming season.

5th Round, Pick #154

Tomas Vomacka, G, Corpus Christi Icerays – NAHL

Age – 18

Height – 6’3”

Weight – 172 lbs

From – Czech Republic

Last Year – 2.43 Gaa, .923 Save%

Probably the biggest unknown from this year’s Predators draft class. He moved to the states to play in a smaller league, the NAHL and earned Goaltender of the Year for his division. He is tall and lanky, but athletic and very physically talented. He has all the measurables they look for in a goaltender and the athleticism to become a starter in the NHL. Add to that the Predators track record with European goalies and this reach may not be too far a reach.

He is committed to the University of Connecticut this upcoming season, but I would not be surprised to see him play another year in the USHL first.

6th Round, Pick #176

Pavel Koltygin, C, Drummondville Voltigeurs – QMJHL

Age – 18

Height – 6’0”

Weight – 192 lbs

From – Russia

Last Year – 22 goals, 25 assists, 65 games played

This is another player that many believed would go much earlier in the draft, probably 3rd or 4th round. Very flashy offensive player, good skater with great hands and vision. He has the traits of a good goal scorer as well as a good playmaker. If his development goes well, he could be a top 6 offensive center. He does struggle in his own end and he is not very aware defensively. His effort defending is lacking.

He will return to Drummondville in the QMJHL for this upcoming season.

Round 7, Pick #216

Jacob Paquette, D, Kingston Frontenacs, OHL

Age – 18

Height – 6’3”

Weight – 207 lbs

From – Canada

Last Year – 1 goal, 9 assists, 59 games played

Photo by: Aaron Bell/OHL Images


Paquette is the prototypical defensive defensemen. He is a big, strong defenseman with great defensive awareness and great positioning in his own end. Rarely makes mistakes in the defensive zone and he is considered a shutdown defender. He wins one on one battles along the boards and in front of the net. He has all the measurables of an NHL defenseman. Offensively, he has little impact, but he has the size and smarts to become an NHL regular.

He will return to Kingston in OHL for the upcoming season.

All in all this was a great draft for the Predators. They got 4 players easily that probably should have been drafted earlier. Many are saying that Tolvanen was the steal of the draft at #30. As always, it will be interesting to see how these kids develop and which players make it to the big dance.

Nashville Predators Draft Class, 2017
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Daniel Jones

My name is Daniel Jones, I am from the Washington D.C. area originally, but have lived in Nashville, Tn since 1983. I grew up a fan of the Washington Capitals and I am still partial to them. However, I became a day 1 season ticket holder with the Nashville Predators when they arrived. My wife and I have been hardcore Preds fans ever since. Being asked to cover to the Preds for Puck Planet is both a dream and an honor. I hope to do both the website and Predator fans proud.

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