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AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.
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The Nashville Predators already sit atop the NHL standings Derwin James Chargers Jersey , and now they’ve added another offensive boost before the playoffs.

General manager David Poile announced Thursday that the team had signed forward Eeli Tolvanen of Finland, the 30th pick overall last year, to an entry-level contract. Poile credited Tolvanen’s agent, Jay Grossman, with being in Nashville to finalize the last details in time for Tolvanen to be on the ice with the Predators at their morning skate .

”This is a great move obviously for today and our future,” Poile said after reeling off some of Tolvanen’s accomplishments in the past few months. ”He comes in at a great spot right now with six games left in the regular season. It gives us an opportunity to give him a look and gives us that depth that we’re going to need in the playoffs. So this is the end of my paper, but I’d like to add a couple more lines here before the year’s over.”

Terms of the contract were not announced.

Tolvanen spent two years in the United States Hockey League with the Sioux City Musketeers before opting to go to home to play for Jokerit in Kontinental Hockey League. With 36 points, he set the KHL scoring record for an 18-year-old before Jokerit was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

He also played for Finland in the 2018 Winter Olympics, where he tied for the second-most points by an under-19 player, with nine points in five games.

Poile said that production is proof that Tolvanen should’ve gone a lot earlier than 30th in the draft, where Nashville was surprised to find the 5-foot-10 forward still available.

”We were looking for an offensive player, one that can score some goals, and it certainly appears on the surface that we found that out,” Poile said.

Tolvanen didn’t arrive in Nashville from Helsinki, Finland Billy Price Youth Jersey , until early Thursday. Coach Peter Laviolette wants Tolvanen to watch Thursday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks and to start picking up Nashville’s system. Having watched the forward the past few months, especially his games at the Olympics, Laviolette said he sees a smart player with great offensive instincts.

”We hope that that translates here,” Laviolette said. ”We think it will.”

Tolvanen’s NHL debut is likely to occur Saturday night when the Predators face the Buffalo Sabres to wrap up a three-game home stand. Tolvanen said he has played on a lot of new teams recently, which should ease his transition. He also credited playing with former NHL players at the Olympics with helping him as well.

Joining a team that had an NHL-best 109 points going into Thursday night also doesn’t hurt.

”I know they’re a really good team, so it’s easy to jump in,” Tolvanen said. ”There’s a lot of good players, and they’re going to push me forward. I think that’s a good thing for me.”

Jokerit coach Jukka Jalonen told The Associated Press that the team is looking forward to what happens with Tolvanen in the NHL. Jalonen said he expects Tolvanen to need time to get used to better opponents and bigger defensemen.

”After two, three weeks, a few games, I think he will make an impression there,” Jalonen said.

Matching expectations that have grown with every video highlight shared on social media might be a challenge even for Tolvanen. The teen debuted in the KHL with a hat trick on Aug. 23 for Jokerit.

Poile thanked Jokerit general manager and Hockey Hall of Famer Jari Kurri for his help in getting Tolvanen to Nashville. Kurri told the AP that the timing is perfect for Tolvanen to join the NHL with so many young players, especially fellow Finns like Patrik Laine of Winnipeg and Sebastian Aho of Carolina, doing well in the league right now.

”That will really help him,” Kurri told the AP by phone.



AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.



Let's be clear: New Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson can help your fantasy team. However Sam Darnold Jets Jersey , drafting him high could lead to some disappointment.There are more than a couple of reasons to pass on Robinson early. The most obvious is that he is making his way back from a torn ACL. The Bears brought him in to be their No. 1 receiver, but there's no guaranteeing he's physically prepared to fill that role.Robinson will be catching passes from second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who led the league's worst passing attack last season (175.7 yards per game). Trubisky has better weapons around him, has an offensive head coach in Matt Nagy and has a year of experience under his belt. However, he is far from a proven gunslinger.Let's not forget the Bears have a strong backfield comprised of Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Chicago is going to lean on the running game.FantasyPros has Robinson's average draft position (ADP) at 20.8 among wide receivers in points-per-reception (PPR) leagues. This is too high for a guy with a lot of question marks and who has only topped 75 receptions for 1,000 yards once in his career.Target Instead: Josh Gordon, Sammy Watkins, Brandin CooksTE Jordan Reed2 of 7Mark Tenally/Associated PressWhen he's healthy, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed can be one of the best players at his position. The problem is that it's difficult to count on him being healthy. He has never completed a full 16-game schedule and is coming off a season in which he missed 10 games.He also underwent toe surgery in the spring, and there's no guaranteeing he'll be at 100 percent early in the season.In addition, Reed is going to be playing with a new quarterback in Alex Smith. Since Reed has been recovering from surgery during the offseason, the two probably haven't had much time to get on the same page. Reed isn't Smith's only option at tight end, either鈥擵ernon Davis (a former teammate in San Francisco) racked up 43 receptions and 648 yards last year鈥攕o if the chemistry isn't there, Smith won't be forcing him the ball.Yet, Reed is still being considered a solid fantasy tight end heading into 2018. FantasyPros lists Reed with an average draft position of 10.2 among tight ends.Target Instead: Eric Ebron Minkah Fitzpatrick Dolphins Jersey , Benjamin Watson, David NjokuWR Emmanuel Sanders3 of 7David Zalubowski/Associated PressThe Denver Broncos are counting on quarterback Case Keenum improving their passing attack this season鈥攈ence the two-year, $36 million deal they gave him this offseason. Yet, it's hard to see him being enough of an improvement at the position to suddenly reverse the course of Emmanuel Sanders' career.Sanders, who peaked with 1,404 receiving yards in 2014, has seen a drop in yards every season since. He had just 555 yards and two touchdowns in 2017. Yes, Keenum should help him rebound some, but Sanders will also be competing with rookie second-round pick Courtland Sutton for a major role alongside Demaryius Thomas.Getting back to the 1,000-yard range doesn't seem reasonable for the 31-year-old Sanders, especially if Sutton begins to earn the trust of Keenum and head coach Vance Joseph.Yet, ESPN.com still has Sanders ranked 53rd overall for PPR formats. A wideout on the decline who is battling younger competition is not the type of player you want to target with a fifth-round pick.Target Instead: Marvin Jones Jr., Pierre Garcon, Brandin CooksRB David Johnson4 of 7Matt York/Associated PressThe Arizona Cardinals are getting running back David Johnson back after he missed most of last season with a wrist injury (15 games, in fact). This is obviously great for the Cardinals offense Kerryon Johnson Youth Jersey , but this is also a return that is going to sucker some people into drafting Johnson too high.ESPN.com has Johnson ranked third overall in PPR, but that's a big gamble.聽While a wrist injury isn't going to be as difficult to return from as a torn ACL or broken ankle, it has still kept Johnson away from live action for the better part of a year. It's not going to help that the Cardinals don't boast much receiving talent or a surefire field-stretching quarterback.When Johnson topped 2,000 rushing and receiving yards in 2016, Arizona had Carson Palmer chucking the ball for more than 4,000 yards. This year, it will have either the unproven Josh Rosen or the fragile Sam Bradford under center. Those guys will have no proven receiving talent aside from Larry Fitzgerald to throw to.Expect teams to disrespect Arizona's passing attack for much of the season and to clamp down on Johnson. Can he still have a solid year? Sure, but there are safer top picks for your fantasy draft.Target Instead: Antonio Brown, Ezekiel Elliott, DeAndre HopkinsRB Dalvin Cook5 of 7Jim Mone/Associated PressUnlike Johnson, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is making a return from a torn ACL. This alone makes him a risky high fantasy pick.Yet, ESPN.com still ranks Cook as its 13th fantasy player for PPR formats. Yes, he flashed a lot of potential in his four games as a rookie (354 rushing yards, 90 receiving yards), but do you feel comfortable about using a borderline first-round pick on him?The Vikings might not even be ready to give Cook a heavy workload A.J. Green Bengals Jersey , especially early. They'll likely split the carries between him and Latavius Murray, who amassed 842 yards rushing last season. Cautiously, after all, is the way to approach playing a potential franchise player returning from a serious injury.Cook is a better target for Round 3 or 4.聽Picking him late in Round 1 or early in Round 2 puts him firmly in bust territory.Target Instead: Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Devonta FreemanTE Trey Burton6 of 7Nam Huh/Associated PressLast season with the Philadelphia Eagles, tight end Trey Burton produced 248 yards and five touchdowns in a limited role. He parlayed that into a four-year, $32 million deal with the Bears this offseason, which comes with a fair amount of fantasy hype.FantasyPros lists Burton's ADP at 10.3 among tight ends. That's high for a play.

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