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DRAFT CENTRAL: Get To Know Filip Forsberg

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

If you read our top prospects feature series on, the name Filip Forsberg should not be unfamiliar. Much like top-ranked North American skater Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting (OHL), Forsberg finished the 2011-12 season atop the European draft rankings from NHL Central Scouting.

What's the scoop on Forsberg? He's young (17 years old) but many believe he's the next big thing to come out of the European hockey ranks. The big, lanky Swede played in the Swedish "second" league for Leskands IF this past season, and is considered one of the better two-way players available in this draft class. He can play both center and right wing, and has a "power forward" element to his game, as well.

Here's a brief scouting report on Forsberg, via Goran Stubb of NHL Central Scouting:

"A leader who shows by example -- I would compare him to Anaheim's Corey Perry a little bit. Has a nose for the net, and often scores the big goals. He's a creative playmaker, good skater with fine straight-ahead speed. He's a right-handed forward with an excellent shot and an effective two-way player with a great winning attitude. Filip's a solid puck carrier with very good puck-handling skills; mature, good size and physically strong. On top of that, he'll sacrifice himself to make the play.”

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