Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is on schedule to join the Swedish National Junior Team on Monday to compete in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden, beginning Dec. 26. The Swedish media outlet Aftonbladet reported the news Saturday.
Forsberg, who served as captain for silver medal-winning Sweden at the 2013 WJC, is currently on a conditioning stint with Nashville's American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. He scored two goals in a 4-0 victory against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday, his first game played since sustaining a head injury Nov. 15 while playing for the Predators.
The native of Ostervala, Sweden, has played in the past two WJC tournaments. He has three goals and six points in 12 WJC games for the Swedes. He was selected in the first round (No. 11) of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals. In 17 NHL games, all with the Predators, Forsberg has one goal and six points.
Forsberg will play one more game with the Admirals Sunday against the Chicago Wolves before boarding a plane to join his Swedish teammates in Malmo.
Predators coach Barry Trotz The First Quarter on 102.5 The Game last week that the organization would allow Forsberg to play in the tournament so long as he is healthy and cleared to perform.
"We need him back playing," Trotz said. "Whatever level that may be, at the World Junior Championship, for us or for Milwaukee. He's a young player that needs to be playing."