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Filip Forsberg, LW/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 176

Born: 1994-08-13

Hometown: Ostervala, Sweden

Drafted: 11th overall by Washington in 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

November 2014 - Forsberg is having a very solid start to the year in Nashville. Beyond his 12 points in 12 games he seems to have earned a lot of trust from coach Laviolette. He is getting the 4th most minutes per game amongst Nashville forwards and 3rd most on the PP. He is also driving possession as his CorsiRel% is second amongst Predator forwards. Additionally he seems to be in that offensive zone start sweet spot where he stars a majority of his shifts in the O zone however he is not being sheltered away from tough defenceman. His OZ% is 5th amongst Predator forwards while he also faces the 5th toughest competition behind Neal, Ribiero and the Predators checking line of Gaustad, Nystrom, and Stalberg. All of this information combined supports the idea that Forsberg isn't just off to a hot start but that he's already a legitimate top six forward under Laviolette. He's getting a little lucky as his PDO of 1145 is high, so his 82 point pace is not realistic however that being said it's not unreasonable to expect at least 50 points this season. Given expectations coming into this year Forsberg's timetable for being an impact player has certainly been accelerated. Donesh Mazloum

October 2014 - Forsberg has made the opening day roster of the Nashville Predators. With Cullen, Stalberg, and Fisher all on the IR to start the season Forsberg has a golden opportunity to show that he is a full time NHL player. Also boosting Forsberg's fantasy value somewhat is new coach Peter Laviolette, who employs a more offensive brand of hockey than the outgoing Trotz. Keep a close eye on how he progresses. Donesh Mazloum

 

December 2013 - Forsberg was loaned from the Nashville Predators to Team Sweden for the 2014 World Junior Championships. His return gives the Swedes 11 returning players from last years silver medal winning squad. Forsberg is arguably Sweden's biggest offensive threat and he should challenge for both the scoring lead and tournament MVP after being named to the WJC All-Star team in 2013.  Donesh Mazloum
 
 

October 2013 - Forsberg is having a good start to his first NHL season, potting his first goal and four points in eight games played. At the moment he is playing very sheltered minutes, which is not surprising as he learns the ropes. He currently sits third on the team in powerplay time on ice per game but only twelfth in even strength time on ice per game. That being said Forsberg has worked his way into a crowded offensive lineup and has not looked out of place. He is developing well and is still a top tier offensive prospect. Donesh Mazloum

 

 

 

July 2013 - Cracking the forward ranks of the Nashville Predators became a lot tougher after the first day of free agency. Nashville signed four established NHL forwards in Matt Cullen, Eric Nystrom, Viktor Stalberg and Matt Hendricks, giving the Preds eleven forwards on one-way contracts. For Forsberg, who a week ago would have been considered a lock for a roster spot, this raises questions as to his NHL arrival time. It remains to be seen if Nashville's most talented and NHL-ready forward prospect is better served playing in a depth role in Nashville or as an impact player in either the AHL or Sweden. Forsberg is by no means the only prospect affected by these additions, so consider the NHL arrival of most of Nashville's forward prospects pushed back. Donesh Mazloum

 

 

April 2013 - Washington trades 2012 1st round pick Filip Forsberg to the Nashville Predators for Martin Erat and prospect Michael Latta. The trade went down on trade deadline at the very last minute. Forsberg's fantasy value takes a bit of a hit heading to Nashville but he will also be the main forward that the Predators will build around going forward so that's a bonus. Brendan Ross

 

October, 2012 - Forsberg is off to a strong start in Sweden's second division scoring 4 goals and 5 points in his opening seven games. Those numbers may appear mediocre but he leads all junior players in a league playing against men. -Brendan Ross

 

July 2012 – The Caps have locked up Forsberg to a three year entry level and announced that he will stay in Sweden with Leksand for at least another season. Needs to show ability to produce amongst men before he will be ready for North America. Jason Banks

 

June, 2012 - After slidding a bit, Forsberg was grabbed by Washington at the 11th spot. The Capitals will appreciate his strong work ethic, advanced puck possession skills and impressive offensive skills. Brendan Ross

 

March, 2012  – Arguably the top draft eligible prospect playing in Sweden and even Europe this season, Filip Forsberg has been competing against grown men since he was just 16 years of age. Playing in the second-tiered Allsvenskan in Sweden, the 17-year-old has been a regular offensive contributor. He is incredibly shifty and has a slew of dekes and toe-drags that can make even the best defenders look silly.

 

Fantasy Outlook: A-
He has excellent offensive skills. He needs added strength and polish however he is a high level prospect.

 

Footage:
Filip Forsberg eluding defenders at age 12:


 

 

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Filip Forsberg statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects

 

 

 

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