Nashville Predators: Catching Up With the Top Prospects This Season

Yaroslav Askarov (No.30) of SKA Saint Petersburg seen during the 2021-22 KHL Regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League between SKA Saint Petersburg and Jokerit Helsinki at the Ice Sports Palace.Final score; SKA Saint Petersburg 2:0 Jokerit Helsinki. (Photo by Maksim Konstantinov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Yaroslav Askarov (No.30) of SKA Saint Petersburg seen during the 2021-22 KHL Regular season of the Kontinental Hockey League between SKA Saint Petersburg and Jokerit Helsinki at the Ice Sports Palace.Final score; SKA Saint Petersburg 2:0 Jokerit Helsinki. (Photo by Maksim Konstantinov/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) /
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Juuso Pärssinen
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Juuso Pärssinen, TPS (Liiga)

Another prospect carrying a lot of buzz in the Nashville Predators prospect pool is Juuso Pärssinen, a talented a smooth skating centerman who has already made his splash internationally through the World Juniors and in the Finnish Liiga.

Pärssinen is currently on loan with TPS of the Liiga and is another hopeful future homegrown center prospect which the Predators franchise has sorely lacked over the years. The Predators have never had problem developing defensemen or goaltenders, but dynamic centers has never been their strength in scouting.

With Philip Tomasino already making his presence felt as a highly talented and productive center and winger, Pärssinen has the expectations to be the next outstanding center prospect to eventually get an NHL opportunity.

Pärssinen has seven points through seven games in what’s his third season with TPS of Liiga, and he’s got the “A” patch for associate captain. He’s still just 20-years-old and will gradually make his progress towards an NHL debut in the coming years.

It’s been really awesome seeing the Predators prospect pool get built up and show improvement after it got really thin during the build up to the Stanley Cup run.