The Nashville Predators defeated the Calgary Flames last night in a thrilling 2-1 regulation win. Juuso Parssinen notched the game winning goal, driving the puck into the net after coming out of the penalty box. It was a nice moment in what’s been a quality season for Parssinen thus far. The Finnish forward was called up back in November and made a strong impression during his debut on November 12th. Since then, Parsinnen has been a solid contributor to the Preds lineup.

While Parssinen may not be good for a goal every game, he certainly contributes to the offense. Thus far, Parssinen has 5 goals and 13 assists and boasts a 13.2 shooting percentage. However, most recently, Parssinen has been on a hot streak. Over the last 7 games, he’s collected 2 goals and 7 assists. By scoring at least one point per game over that stretch, he’s managed to tie Filip Forsberg’s rookie record for most consecutive games with a point. If Parsinnen is able to collect at least one point in tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, he will be the sole owner of the Predators longest rookie point streak.

One of the more intriguing aspects of this accomplishment is that while the Predators coaching staff has been impressed by Parssinen’s speed, size, and skill, his path to the Predators is quite different from Forsberg’s.

Filip Forsberg was the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft. He was chosen by the Washington Capitals and eventually traded to the Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta in 2013. Parssinen, on the other hand, was drafted by the Predators as the 210th overall pick in the 2019 draft. Although he doesn’t have the draft pedigree of Forsberg, Parssinen is proving he was overlooked during the draft.

He had an interesting response when he learned he had tied Forsberg’s record:

Predators Head Coach John Hynes also had high praise for the forward:

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