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Top Euro prospect popular with fans at NHL Combine

by Mike G. Morreale
It's become apparent that even NHL Central Scouting's top European prospect, Filip Forsberg, isn't safe from those rabid hockey fans waiting outside the hotel during lunch break at the 2012 Scouting Combine.

The Swedish sensation, Central Scouting's No. 1-rated skater from Europe, was seen signing autographs on several occasions when he wondered outside during a break between interviews the past few days. For a 17-year-old kid playing in Sweden's second-highest division for Leksand, it's quite overwhelming to be bombarded by people with pens and pictures.

"I think it's cool," Forsberg told "I was in the same situation, asking my favorite players about autographs when I was younger, so it's a pleasure to get to sign some autographs."

Forsberg, who has one year remaining on his contract for Leksand in the Allsvenskan, has also been bombarded with interviews the last four days at the Combine. He concluded the team interviewing process on Thursday with his final two of 22 for the week. He will undergo his fitness test on Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET at the Toronto International Centre.

"It's fun to be here and meet all of the guys from the teams and, possibly, your future staff [for an NHL team]," Forsberg said. "It's good experience to be here and it's fun to be in Toronto. I didn't do much practicing for the bikes [during the fitness stage]. I did them once back home, but that was it."

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