Welcome to the third edition of Draft Profiles. Previously we have looked at Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray and Quebec Remparts forward Mikhail Grigorenko. Today we head over the ocean for our first look at a European skater. Filip Forsberg is Sweden’s top prospect for this year’s draft. Forsberg stands at 6’2” 180 lbs. and has quickly climbed up many draft boards.
Forsberg plays for the Leklands IF of the Allsvenskan league in Sweden. It is the second highest level of pro hockey in Sweden, second only to the Elitserien. So far this season Forsberg has scored seven goals and seven assists in 36 games for the team. His best year was 2010-2011, where he scored 21 goals and 19 assists in 36 games. He had success on an international level that year too, playing for Sweden’s Under-18 team. In six games for the team at the World Junior Tournament Forsberg scored 4 goals and 2 assists. Sweden went on to win the Silver Medal in the tournament.
When you hear the name Forsberg tied with hockey, Peter Forsberg is usually who you’re talking about. However Filip actually has no relation to the NHL Superstar. That being said, Filip likes to model his game on the unrelated sharer of his last name.
Forsberg is a finesse player, he’s not huge but he has speed and hands. At age 17 he has already looked impressive at one of the highest levels of professional hockey in Sweden. And as I’ve mentioned before, he’s a center and NHL teams love centers. His offensive abilities should help out any team that selects him this upcoming June. Forsberg is currently the highest rated European skater by the NHL Central Scouting.
Thanks again for reading this week’s edition of Draft Profiles. Coming up next week I take a look at our first American in the series, defenseman Jacob Trouba of the United States Development Team.