Prospect Profile: Filip Forsberg
Born: August 13th 1994
ISS Final Ranking: 2
NHL Comparison: Corey Perry, Daniel Alfredsson
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Filip Forsberg has gone into the 2012 NHL entry draft largely overlooked by Leafs fans hoping to land Nail Yakupov or Alex Galchenyuk however he is a piece that could do wonders on a future Maple Leafs squad. Forsberg (no relation to former NHL superstar Peter Forsberg) looks to be an excellent two way top six forward.
Forsberg has shown he can play strong on the boards and tough areas of the ice even though he still has a lot of filling out to do. One of his most promising aspects is his hockey IQ and defensive play complimenting him as a dangerous offensive threat. He can effectively play in all three zones which is exactly the type of player Brian Burke has stated he is looking for and that would thrive under Randy Carlyle’s new coaching style.
Forsberg played the 2011-2012 season with his Sweedish club Leksand putting up 17 points in 43 games playing against grown men in Sweeden’s second most prestigious league Allsvenskan. Only 17, Forsberg is one of the youngest players eligible for this years draft. He is signed to Leksand for the 2012-2013 season and is likely to play an extra year there before transitioning to North America.
|“I think Forsberg is that type of player that needs a top centre to bring out the best in him. He’s definitely a guy that can finish when he’s around the net. He can win his own pucks; he’s a big strong kid and uses that size. I really like the way he powers up and down the wing. The first time I saw him I really wasn’t quite convinced that he was worthy of a top 10 pick, but after seeing him this spring I was a lot more sold, and I really like him as a player at this point.” – http://thehockeywriters.com/filip-forsberg-the-next-ones-nhl-2012-draft-prospect-profile/ – Mark Edwards – Founder and Director of Scouting at Hockeyprospect.com|
|“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.” – http://thehockeywriters.com/filip-forsberg-the-next-ones-nhl-2012-draft-prospect-profile/ – NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb|
|“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.” - http://penguins.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=633704 – McKeen’s Hockey|