The Nashville Predators have signed top prospect Philip Tomasino to a three-year entry-level contract, adding him officially to the organization after his recent selection in the NHL Entry Draft. Tomasino is currently tearing up the Ontario Hockey League as a member of the Niagara IceDogs, where he will spend the rest of the season.
The 18-year old forward was selected 24th overall in June’s draft, after an impressive second season with Niagara. This year has been even better though, with Tomasino recording 23 points through his first 12 games. That puts him fourth in the entire OHL, and means he has figured into more than 56% of Niagara’s 41 goals this season.
This marks the second forward prospect the Predators have signed recently after inking Yegor Afanasyev on Saturday. Both players have huge expectations, especially given that Nashville’s pipeline isn’t exactly overflowing with high-end talents up front—save for Eeli Tolvanen who still hasn’t found his footing at the NHL level.