Former Boston College commit Eeli Tolvanen has been selected 30th overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Nashville Predators. He has played on the same line as incoming Eagle Aapeli Räsänen (who was drafted by Edmonton last year) for both the Musketeers and for Team Finland. Tolvanen was projected to easily go in the top 20, so it is quite surprising that he fell this far. There have been rumors floating around that team executives found him to be a bit arrogant during interviews at the combine, but take those with a grain of salt since no similar rumors have ever been heard from coaches or teammates.
Tolvanen led the Sioux City Musketeers with 54 points and 30 goals in 52 games this past season, plus 10 points in 13 playoff games. Tolvanen is a quick player who is skilled at creating shooting opportunities.
Tolvanen also had a strong WJC in 2017, despite playing for a struggling Team Finland. He was tied for the team lead (with Räsänen) with 6 points.
Yesterday, news broke that Tolvanen was denied by the Boston College admissions department. Sources close to the program have said that he did not end up with enough credits to graduate from high school, so he is unable to matriculate to university.