Oxbow’s Tanner Jeannot makes NHL debut

Tanner Jeannot has been rewarded for his outstanding start to the 2020-21 hockey season. 

The Nashville Predators announced Monday they had recalled Jeannot, who hails from Oxbow, to their taxi squad. He made his NHL debut Tuesday night in the Predators 4-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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He had six minutes and 28 seconds of ice time.

Jeannot, 23, has posted three goals and eight points in six games for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, which is tied for the third-most points on his team and tied for the fourth-most points in the AHL. He is on a five-game point streak that began on Feb. 6 and has included two multi-point efforts. 

He is also plus-eight for the Wolves, who have a perfect 7-0 record. 

The NHL created taxi squads, consisting of four to six players per team, for this season. Players will practise and travel, and be available in case a team needs to recall a player on short notice. 

Jeannot played minor hockey in southeast Saskatchewan, with his last season coming with the Estevan Apex midget AA Bruins in 2012-13, when he recorded 15 goals and 24 points in 32 games. 

He then spent a year playing midget AAA with the Yorkton Maulers, and four seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. In his final season of junior hockey in 2017-18, he had 40 goals and 80 points in 72 games for Moose Jaw. 

Jeannot parlayed his time with Moose Jaw into a contract with Nashville. He is in his third season with the Predators organization. 

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