The Nashville Predators placed forward Eeli Tolvanen on waivers, The star‘s Chris Johnston reported on Sunday.
Tolvanen, 23, has two goals and four points in 14 games for the Predators this season. He is under contract through the end of the 2023-24 season with an NHL cap of $1.45 million.
The Predators originally selected Tolvanen in the first round (30th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. The 5’10 », 191-pound winger made his NHL debut with the Predators in 2017-18 and became a full-time player with the team in 2020-21.
Tolvanen had 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 40 games with the Predators in 2020-21, but only had one more point in 75 games with the team the following year. He is currently in the second season of the three-year, $1.45 million AAV contract he signed with the Predators in 2021.
The Predators currently sit fifth in the NHL Central Division with a 12-11-2 record and 26 points in 25 games this season. They’ve lost back-to-back games, most recently losing 3-2 at home to the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.
In 135 career games over five seasons with the Predators, Tolvanen has 25 goals and 51 points. He also had one goal in seven playoff games with Nashville.
We will know Monday afternoon if Tolvanen clears the derogations. Based on current standings, the teams with the first dibs to claim Tolvanen (in order) are Anaheim, Chicago, San Jose, Columbus and Arizona.