Predators prospect Tolvanen motivated after slipping in Draft

Forward, 18, selected No. 30 in 2017, has impressed in KHL by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer BUFFALO — Right wing Eeli Tolvanen has always had a passion for scoring goals in different ways since the day he began playing hockey as a 3-year-old in Vihit, Finland. “It was just working hard after every practice,

Flames prospect Valimaki leads as Finland’s Captain at World Juniors

Juuso Valimaki, a first-round pick of the NHL’s Calgary Flames.  Postmedia file He missed the bus. Over and over again. That would usually be a troublesome trend, but not in the case of Calgary Flames’ first-round selection Juuso Valimaki. “We have our development camp in the summer over at WinSport, and (the players) stay at a

The peak season for Finnish sanction continues – AHL’s first-rate defender!

22.12.2017 12:20 Translated from Finnish; Sami Niku , defender of the Winnipeg Jets organization for this season, may be happy with his autumn season in North America. The 21-year-old defender in JYP last season finished the 1 + 1 night on Friday night when AHL’s Manitoba Moose, represented by Nik, broke the San Antonio Rampage 7-2.

A Vili Good Christmas Story

By Jason Pearson, Ask a professional hockey player how long they believed in Santa Claus as a kid and the array of potential reactions is endless: a valid answer, a sideways stare, or anything in between. Ask Vili Saarijarvi, the Red Wings’ third-round draft pick in 2015, and he supplies a grinning reply. “I still believe,”

Pekka Rinne Unmasked

Rinne welcomes changes to his game Predators goalie reassessed confidence, technique after Stanley Cup disappointment by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent  12:00 AM  Share VANCOUVER — Goaltender Pekka Rinne had never experienced anything quite like the devastation of losing in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. “I haven’t had that kind of feeling,” said Rinne, the No. 1 goalie

Finnish Prospect Notes from Around the Liiga

Notes Around the Liiga, Part 1 21.11.2017 by marcobombino, posted in feature, liiga, nhl This is a new feature article that will take a look at NHL prospects playing in the Finnish Liiga.  Minnesota Wild prospect Kaapo Kähkönen has been the cornerstone for Lukko in net in his second Liiga campaign. He currently ranks second in goals against average (1.71) and third in