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2012 NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Filip Forsberg

by Greg Fernandez / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins and CONSOL Energy Center will be hosting the 2012 NHL Draft on June 22nd and 23rd. In the days leading up to the event, will be putting the spotlight on some of the best and brightest draft-eligible prospects.

Position: Center/Right Wing
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 181 pounds
Shoots: Right
Born: August 13, 1994
Born in: Ostervala, SWE
Played the 2011-12 season with: Leksand Idrottsförening (Sweden-II)

2009-10 LEKSAND SWE JR 31 21 16 37
2010-11 LEKSAND SWE-2 10 1 0 1
2010-11 LEKSAND SWE-JR 36 21 19 40
2010-11 LEKSAND SWE-JR U-18 3 1 5 6
2011-12 LEKSAND SWE-2 43 8 9 17
2011-12 LEKSAND SWE-JR 6 0 1 1
2011-12 LEKSAND SWE-JUR U-18 1 0 2 2

NHL Central Scouting: No. 1 among European skaters
The Hockey News: No. 2
International Scouting Services: No. 4
McKeen’s Hockey: No. 3
Red Line Report: No. 2
TSN: No. 7

NHL Comparison: Corey Perry
NHL Potential: “Improvements in skating stride could lead to first-line power forward duty in the NHL. He will be a big load for NHL defensemen and goalies to contend with for many years.” –Grant McCagg, TSN

After totaling 17 points (8G-9A) in 43 games for Leksand in the second division of Sweden’s senior league, forward Filip Forsberg comes into the 2012 NHL Draft as the top-rated European skater on many analyst’s draft boards. One of the youngest players competing in the second division of Sweden’s senior league, Forberg enters the draft as a highly decorated junior player in international competition. The Swedish forward was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships. Even though his impact wasn’t evident on the score sheet (one assist in six games), Forsberg helped Sweden secure its first gold medal since 1981. The forward helped Sweden capture silver at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships, posting six points (4G-2A) throughout the tournament. Forsberg also was a main contributor for Sweden’s silver medal performance at the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, scoring a team-leading four goals in six games. Many of the scouts rave about Forsberg’s mature game and believe he is one of the more developed and safer forwards to pick in this years draft.

“He’s a brilliant power-forward whose skating and shot are already elite by NHL standards. His shot explodes off his blade and he constantly puts himself in good positions to score. He’s always trying to create offensively and is very dangerous due to his long reach and active stick in the offensive zone. His skill and willingness to assert himself to make a play is also impressive.”
-McKeen’s Hockey

While not related, he does model his game after former NHL All-Star Peter Forsberg, learning his style through watching him on Team Sweden as well as online.

His father, Patrik, a former player, has been the biggest influence on his career – “he has taught me a lot as a father and as a coach”.

Forsberg played baseball for two years while growing up – it is not a popular sport in Sweden and less than 1,000 currently play the sport.

He lists the most embarrassing song on his iPod as one he made himself – “I’m not that good at making songs, but I tried once just for fun. It was not a top song, and I would not play it on the radio.”

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