Anton Forsberg
Image: Modo HC

Anton Forsberg

Hometown:

Vanster Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1992-11-27

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2011

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (188th overall), 2011

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Anton Forsberg played a little over half the season for MODO’s U20 team in the Swedish SuperElit league. Posted a 3.70 GAA and .874 Save % in 21 regular season games, but showed well in the post season with a 2.37 GAA and .903 Save % in 3 appearances.

2010-11: Spent the year with MODO’s U20 team with quality results: 2.90 GAA and .907 Save % in 33 games. He improved his results yet again in the playoffs, posting a 2.85 GAA and .921 Save % in 6 contests.

2011-12: Forsberg played for the Modo Hockey Ornskoldsvik backing up former Coyotes goalie Mikael Tellqvist (32 years old). In his first year of professional, Forsberg gave up 32 goals in 15 games (3.15 goals against average). A year after playing in the relegation series, Modo was able to make the playoffs this season. Modo lost in the first round of the Elitserien playoffs to Skellefteå AIK four games to two.

2012-13: Forsberg played for Sodertalje in Sweden’s second league (Allsvenskan). He appeared in 46 games and was 24-9-0 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.04 goals against and .933 save percentage. Sodertalje was second behind Leksands in the regular season but did gain elevation to Sweden’s Elitserien after finishing sixth in the Kval Series. Forsberg was 2-5 in eight Kval games with a 3.00 goals against and .909 save percentage. Forsberg signed a three-year entry-level contract with Columbus in May, 2013.

 2013-14: Forsberg made his pro hockey debut in North America — joining Columbus AHL affiliate Springfield following his second season in Sweden’s SHL. In three games with the Falcons he was 3-0 with a 1.13 goals against and .957 save percentage. Forsberg played in 22 regular season games for MODO as a backup to Sabres’ prospect Linus Ullmark. He was 11-11 with one shutout and had a 2.44 goals against and .919 save percentage. MODO finished eighth in the 12-team league; falling to Linkopings in the play-in round. Forsberg did not play in either game as a back-up to Ullmark. 

Talent Analysis

Forsberg has good size and is continuing to refine the technical aspects of his game. He has steadily developed and has a lot of natural ability and needs a few years of experience. He is often referred to as a butterfly goalie that plays a modern style and is not afraid to come to the tip of the crease. He appeared a bit overwhelmed in his first NHL experience but has played well at the minor league level in his first year in North America.

Future

Forsberg attended training camp with the Blue Jackets before being assigned to AHL affiliate Springfield along with fellow first-year goalie Oscar Dansk to start the 2014-15 season. Summoned to Columbus on an emergency basis due to an injury to Sergei Bobrovsky, he made his first NHL start at New Jersey and played one period against Tampa Bay before being returned to the Falcons. Forsberg has been one of the AHL's top goalies as a rookie on a Springfield team that was leading its division and challenging for the league's best mark at mid-season. As with any young goaltender — and particularly a seventh-round draft pick — it is difficult to gauge his long-term potential and minor league success doesn't ensure similar production at the NHL level. Forsberg's play to this point suggests he may have potential to play at that level one day.

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