Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced today that the team has signed forward Philip Tomasino to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Tomasino, 18, was selected by the Predators in the first round (24th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft. The center is averaging nearly two points per game with the Ontario Hockey League’s Niagara IceDogs this season, tallying 23 (9g-14a) in 12 contests. He was named the OHL’s Player of the Week on Oct. 7 after posting seven points (3g-4a) in two games, including a six-point, hat-trick performance on Oct. 4, the second in IceDogs history. Tomasino, who was named an alternate captain for Niagara this season, leads his team and is fourth in the OHL in points.
The 6-foot, 181-pound Tomasino tallied 72 points (34g-38a) in 67 games with Niagara last season, his second OHL campaign. Compared to his rookie season in 2017-18 (5g-19a), he posted improvements of 48 points and 29 goals, the latter of which was the highest increase in the entire CHL. Tomasino led the OHL in game-winning goals with 12 and was fourth in goals on an IceDogs team that won the league’s Central Division. Additionally, he had four goals and seven points in 11 playoff games with Niagara last season.
Internationally, the Mississauga, Ont., native represented Canada at the 2019 U-18 World Championship in April, where he recorded five points (1g-4a) in six games. He also competed on Team Canada Black at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, picking up an assist in five contests.
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