This week we’re going to dig into three draft-plus one players who are off to tremendous starts in their respective European professional leagues.
Eeli Tolvanen, Elias Pettersson and Miro Heiskanen are making some of Europe’s top pro circuits look like pee wee house leagues. Each is doing so by a harnessing their specific talents and each of their club teams and NHL organizations are surely loving it.
This is not a common occurrence and something that needs to garner some more ink.
If you’ve followed my previous Ramblings, I usually save a portion at the end to shine a light on the ridiculous season that Tolvanen – Nashville’s first round pick, 30th overall this past June, is having.
The 18-year-old left-winger is continuing to have his way against arguably the second-best competition in the world.
After concluding October with a four-game pointless streak, the Jokerit superstar has rattled off six points in his last three games, including a two goal, two assist match this past Wednesday.
That brings his season totals up to 16 goals, 29 points and 117 shots in 28 KHL games. His nearly 4.2 shots per contest is indicative of the offense he creates on the vast majority of his shifts, and while he’s a known and proven sniper, converting on 13.7 percent of his attempts appears to be a very sustainable metric.
He’s also managed to split his production evenly throughout his deployment, scoring eight goals at even-strength and eight more on the man-advantage.
I use historical comparisons often, as they can provide the evidence needed to really hammer home the ridiculous level of production from the former USHL all-star.
Tolvanen is primed to whiz by Evgeni Kuznetsov’s U19 scoring mark in mere moments and has his sights firmly set on the mark set by Kirill Kaprizov a season ago in the U20 category (despite being a year younger).
All-time U19 Stats – KHL