The Nashville Predators have finalized their opening night roster for the 2021-22 season.
As many were hoping, and some expected, Philip Tomasino, the Preds’ top selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, has made the team.
The final roster includes 13 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 2 goalies. This is slightly different from what I predicted a week ago, but overall, there are no real surprises.
Forwards: Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Matt Duchene, Mikael Granlund, Eeli Tolvanen, Luke Kunin, Nick Cousins, Cody Glass, Philip Tomasino, Tanner Jeannot, Rocco Grimaldi, Colton Sissons, Yakov Trenin (13)
Defense: Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Alex Carrier, Dante Fabbro, Mark Borowiecki, Philippe Myers, Ben Harpur, Matt Benning (8)
Goalies: Juuse Saros, David Rittich (2)
On Monday, we learned that Mathieu Olivier was headed for injured reserve. He would have been roster player #24. At some point Olivier will have to either head to Milwaukee or stay in Nashville (he’s waivers exempt). It seems likely that if he’s injured, he will first travel to Milwaukee to start his 2021-22 season.
Philip Tomasino makes the final 23
Perhaps the biggest question during training camp was whether Philip Tomasino would make the opening night roster. The highly touted forward prospect was one of three players I was watching closely, and I thought he had a good shot of making the cut.
It’s official: Tomasino has made the cut.
More to that, it’s also very likely that Tomasino makes his NHL debut on Thursday night against Seattle. As a waivers exempt player on the NHL roster, it wouldn’t make much sense to keep him in Nashville and not play him. He will more than likely take Rocco Grimaldi’s right wing spot on the 3rd line.
If that does happen, Philip Tomasino will be the 4th youngest player to make his NHL debut on opening night for the Nashville Predators. Here’s the list:
- Scott Hartnell (18 years, 171 days on October 6th, 2000)
- Seth Jones (19 years, 0 days on October 3rd, 2013)
- Martin Erat (20 years, 37 days on October 5th, 2001)
- Philip Tomasino (20 years, 78 days on October 14th, 2021)
That’s a great list to be a part of. Everyone of those players went on to very successful NHL careers. Seth Jones, who was traded for Ryan Johansen in January of 2016, now plays for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Likely opening night lineup for the Preds
Of course, Tomasino isn’t the only new face we will see on Thursday night. Cody Glass and Philippe Myers, both of whom were acquired in the Ryan Ellis trade, look to make their Preds debuts as well.
Here’s a good guess at the opening night lineup against Seattle:
Forsberg – Johansen – Duchene
Tolvanen – Granlund – Kunin
Cousins – Glass – Tomasino
Jeannot – Sissons – Trenin
Josi – Carrier
Ekholm – Myers
Borowiecki – Fabbro
Scratches: Grimaldi, Benning, Harpur
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