Filip Forsberg

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Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg 2010.jpg
Forsberg in 2010.
Born Carl Filip Anton Forsberg
(1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 22)
Östervåla, SWE
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Leksands IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2012
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2010–present

Carl Filip Anton Forsberg[1] (born 13 August 1994) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Forsberg was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Forsberg had standout performances at both the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Breclav, Czech Republic and World U18 Championships Tournament, Brno, Czech Republic where he was a member of the silver medal winning Team Sweden. At World Juniors in Brno he was also selected Best Forward of the tournament.[2][3] In final rankings done by NHL Central Scouting, Forsberg was the highest rated European forward available in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[4] He was selected 11th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

On 13 July 2012, while attending his first Capitals development camp, he signed a three-year entry level contract.[5] Forsberg was returned to his former club, Leksands IF, on loan for the duration of the 2012–13 season. He again improved upon his season totals for the third consecutive year to finish with 33 points in 38 games to help Leksand gain promotion to return to the Swedish Hockey League for the following season.

On 3 April 2013, Forsberg was unexpectedly traded by the Capitals to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.[6] With his Swedish season completed, Forsberg was recalled from his loan and made his NHL debut towards the end of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, becoming the third-youngest player to suit up for the Predators, in a 3–0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on 14 April 2013.[7]

Forsberg scored his first NHL goal on 8 October 2013, against Niklas Bäckström of the Minnesota Wild.[8] He finished the 2013–14 season with five points (one goal and four assists) in 13 games played with the Predators, in addition to 34 points (15 goals and 19 assists) in 47 games played with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Milwaukee Admirals.

On 22 January 2015, Forsberg was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, replacing the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, who pulled out of the game due to injury.[9]

In the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Forsberg became the youngest Nashville Predator to score a playoff goal in franchise history and also recorded the first playoff hat trick in franchise history in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks. Forsberg was voted to the postseason NHL All-Rookie Team for the 2014-15 season.

During the 2015-16 NHL season, Forsberg continued to surpass franchise milestones, recording 2 natural hat tricks in a 4-day span, the shortest time period between natural hat tricks since 1987-88. He also became the youngest Predator to record a regular season hat trick.[10] Forsberg became the first player in Predators history to record multiple hat tricks in a single season.[11] He also led the team in scoring for the second consecutive year and set a new career high (64) in points and goals, with 33. His 33 goals tied the Predators franchise record.[12] In March 2016, Forsberg was named to Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.[13]

On June 27, 2016, Forsberg agreed to a six-year contract worth $36 million to keep him in Nashville through the 2021-22 season.

Personal[edit]

Forsberg was born to Carina Dahlberg and Patrik Forsberg. At birth, he was named Carl Filip Anton Forsberg, although he is referred to by his second name, 'Filip.' [1] He has a younger brother, Fredrik Forsberg, who plays hockey in the Leksands IF organization.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Leksands IF J20 5 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Leksands IF J20 36 21 19 40 22
2010–11 Leksands IF Allsv 10 1 0 1 0 6 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Leksands IF J20 6 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Leksands IF Allsv 43 8 9 17 33 10 2 1 3 0
2012–13 Leksands IF Allsv 38 15 18 33 16 9 5 4 9 6
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 5 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 13 1 4 5 4
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 47 15 19 34 14 3 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 82 26 37 63 24 6 4 2 6 4
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 82 33 31 64 47 14 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 182 60 73 133 75 20 6 4 10 6
Medal record
Representing  Sweden
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Canada
Silver medal – second place 2013 Russia
Silver medal – second place 2014 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 Germany
Silver medal – second place 2012 Czech Republic

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 4 2 6 2
2012 Sweden WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 0 1 1 2
2012 Sweden WJC18 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 5 2 7 6
2013 Sweden WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 3 2 5 0
2014 Sweden WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 7 4 8 12 2
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 8 1 9 10
Junior Totals 31 16 15 31 12
Senior Totals 8 8 1 9 10

Awards[edit]

NHL
Rookie of the Month November 2014
NHL All-Star Game 2015
All-Rookie Team 2015
International
World U-18 Best Forward 2012
World Junior Top Three Player on Team Sweden 2013
World Junior All-Star Team 2013, 2014
World Junior Best Forward 2014
World Junior MVP 2014

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Tom Wilson