Filip Forsberg
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Filip Forsberg

Hometown:

Ostervala Sweden

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-08-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Washington, 2013

Weight:

186 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Filip Forsberg played for the Leksand organization’s U-16 and J-18 squads over the course of the season. In 15 games for the J-18 squad, Forsberg scored 12 goals and added 9 assists for 21 points. In 8 games for the U-16 team, Forsberg scored 13 goals and added 4 assists for 17 points. Forsberg also played for Dalarna in the Rikspucken, scoring 4 goals and adding 3 assists for 7 points in 9 games for that league’s champion.

2009-10: Forsberg spent most of the season with Leksand’s J-18 squad, playing in 31 games for that squad. He scored 21 goals and added 16 assists for 37 points. In 4 playoff games, he scored 5 goals and added 3 assists for 8 points.

2010-11: Forsberg played for Leksand’s J-20 squad, playing in 36 games in the SuperElite league. He scored 21 goals and added 19 assists for 40 points. Forsberg played for Sweden at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 4 goals and adding 2 assists for 6 points in 6 games for the silver medalists.

2011-12: Forsberg skated in 43 games for Leksand in his first full AllSvenskan season and represented Sweden in both the U20 and U18 World Junior Championships. He scored 8 goals with 9 assists and was plus-3 with 33 penalty minutes as Leksand finished second in the regular season. In the ten-game, six-team qualifying series he scored two goals with one assist and was minus-two as Leksand finished fourth – failing to gain elevation to the Elitserien. Forsberg skated in all six games for gold medal-winning Sweden at the 2012 U20 WJC in January and was minus-1, finishing with an assist and 2 penalty minutes. As a captain for the silver-medal winning U18 squad he led the team with five goals and had two assists in six games. Forsberg was ranked first among European skaters by Central Scouting heading into the 2012 NHL Draft. Forsberg was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2012 NHL Draft, and signed a pro contract with the Capitals in the summer of 2012.

2012-13: Forsberg was acquired by Nashville from Washington in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta on April 3rd and made his NHL debut 12 days later. The 18-year-old played five games for the Predators; capping an eventful season that included his second pro season in Allsvenskan with Leksand and winning a silver medal as a captain for Sweden’s U20 team at the World Junior Championship. Forsberg had 1 assist and was -5 averaging 15:28 minutes of ice time with the Predators. In 38 games for Leksand he scored 15 goals, including 7 power play goals, and had 18 assists; finishing +11 with 16 penalty minutes. Leksand finished first and won a spot in the SHL for 2013-14 after finishing second in the Kval Series. Forsberg scored 5 goals with 4 assists and was +7 in nine Kval Series games. In six games at the 2013 WJC he scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was +1. Sweden lost 3-2 to the USA in the gold medal game.

2013-14: Forsberg opened the season with Nashville, scoring his first and thus far only NHL goal in the season-opener against Minnesota. His ice time gradually decreased and he spent most of the year with the Predators AHL affiliate Milwaukee. The 19 year old was one of the top players for Sweden at the U20 World Championship, serving as captain of the silver medal-winning squad. Returning for one game late in the season with the Predators, he finished with one goal and four assists and was minus-eight with four penalty minutes in 13 NHL games; averaging 11:24 minutes of ice time. Forsberg scored 15 goals with 19 assists in 47 AHL games during the regular season and had one goal with one assist in two playoff games for the Admirals. In seven games at the U20 worlds he scored four goals with eight assists and was plus-three with two penalty minutes. Sweden lost to Finland in overtime in the gold medal game.

Talent Analysis

Forsberg is an exceptional all-around player with no real deficiencies in any aspect of his game. He is a very cognitive player with a great sense for the game and how his abilities can impact it. His puck moving skills, flash, and creativity are top class, and his shooting abilities are also tremendous. He has the size for the NHL at 6’2, can skate well, and is a responsible player in his own end. Forsberg is capable of playing all 200 feet of the ice, and plays it well. His success has come at various levels throughout the Swedish leagues so far and he has been a force when playing for Sweden at the international junior level. With a little bit of increase in strength, he should have no problem adjusting to the North American brand of hockey. He has also captained Team Sweden at the U-18 and U-20 level, which adds an element of leadership to his already robust skill set.

 

Future

Forsberg was a bit overwhelmed in his first full pro season in North America but his successful world junior tournament for Sweden and his play with Milwaukee suggest he can challenge for a spot with the Predators this season. Nashville went into the offseason looking to upgrade its forward group, particularly its first line. While Forsberg is not yet at that level he has the skill level and offensive instincts to suggest he could be one day.

 

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