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Carl Filip Anton Forsberg[1] (pronounced [ˈfiːlɪp ²fɔʂbærj]; born 13 August 1994) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL). Forsberg was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg 2012-03-31 01.jpg
Born (1994-08-13) 13 August 1994 (age 25)
Östervåla, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Leksands IF
National team  Sweden
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2012
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2010–present

Contents

Playing careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Forsberg had standout performances at both the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Břeclav, Czech Republic, and the World U18 Championships Tournament in Brno, Czech Republic, where he was a member of the silver-medal winning Sweden teams. At the World Juniors in Brno, he was also named Best Forward of the tournament.[2][3] In the final rankings of NHL Central Scouting, Forsberg was the highest-rated European-based forward available in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[4] He was selected 11th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

On 13 July 2012, while attending his first Capitals development camp, he signed a three-year, entry-level contract.[5] Forsberg was returned to his former club, Leksands IF, on loan for the duration of the 2012–13 season. He again improved upon his season totals for the third consecutive year to finish with 33 points in 38 games to help Leksand gain promotion to return to the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) for the following season.

Professional careerEdit

Nashville PredatorsEdit

On 3 April 2013, Forsberg was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.[6] With his Swedish season completed, Forsberg was recalled from his loan and made his NHL debut towards the end of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, becoming the third-youngest player to suit up for the Predators, in a 3–0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on 14 April 2013.[7]

Forsberg scored his first NHL goal on 8 October 2013 against Niklas Bäckström of the Minnesota Wild.[8] He finished the 2013–14 season with five points (one goal and four assists) in 13 games played with the Predators, in addition to 34 points (15 goals and 19 assists) in 47 games with the Predators' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

On 22 January 2015, Forsberg was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, replacing the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, who pulled out of the game due to injury.[9]

In the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Forsberg became the youngest Nashville Predator to score a playoff goal in franchise history[citation needed] and also recorded the first playoff hat-trick in franchise history in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks.[10] Forsberg was voted to the playoff NHL All-Rookie Team for the 2014–15 season.

During the 2015–16 season, Forsberg continued to surpass franchise milestones, recording two natural hat-tricks in a four-day span, the shortest time period between natural hat tricks since 1987–88. He also became the youngest Predator to record a regular season hat-trick.[11] Forsberg became the first player in Predators history to record multiple hat-tricks in a single season.[12] He also led the team in scoring for the second consecutive year and set a new career high (64) in points and goals, with 33. His 33 goals tied the Predators' franchise record.[13] In March 2016, Forsberg was named to Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.[14]

On 27 June 2016, Forsberg agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract to keep him in Nashville through to the 2021–22 season. In late February 2017, Forsberg scored back-to-back hat-tricks against the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche, making him the first player in Predators history and the first NHL player in over seven years to accomplish the feat.[15]

Prior to the 2017–18 season, Forsberg was named an alternate captain alongside Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Johansen.[16] On 30 December 2017, the Predators placed Forsberg on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. With this, Forsberg's streak of 325 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) played came to an end.[17]

PersonalEdit

Forsberg was born to Carina Dahlberg and Patrik Forsberg. At birth, he was named Carl Filip Anton Forsberg, although he is referred to by his second name, "Filip". [1] He has a younger brother, Fredrik Forsberg, who plays hockey in the Leksands IF organization. The brothers are of no relation to Hockey Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg (Foppa) or Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Leksands IF J20 5 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Leksands IF J20 36 21 19 40 22
2010–11 Leksands IF Allsv 10 1 0 1 0 6 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Leksands IF J20 6 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Leksands IF Allsv 43 8 9 17 33 10 2 1 3 0
2012–13 Leksands IF Allsv 38 15 18 33 16 9 5 4 9 6
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 5 0 1 1 0
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 13 1 4 5 4
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 47 15 19 34 14 3 1 1 2 0
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 82 26 37 63 24 6 4 2 6 4
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 82 33 31 64 47 14 2 2 4 2
2016–17 Nashville Predators NHL 82 31 27 58 32 22 9 7 16 14
2017–18 Nashville Predators NHL 67 26 38 64 38 13 7 9 16 2
2018–19 Nashville Predators NHL 64 28 22 50 26 6 1 1 2 6
NHL totals 395 145 160 305 171 61 23 21 44 28
Medal record
Representing   Sweden
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2018 Denmark
World Junior Championships
  2012 Canada
  2013 Russia
  2014 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2011 Germany
  2012 Czech Republic

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden WJC18   6 4 2 6 2
2012 Sweden WJC   6 0 1 1 2
2012 Sweden WJC18   6 5 2 7 6
2013 Sweden WJC   6 3 2 5 0
2014 Sweden WJC   7 4 8 12 2
2015 Sweden WC 5th 8 8 1 9 10
2018 Sweden WC   4 2 1 3 0
Junior Totals 31 16 15 31 12
Senior Totals 12 10 2 12 10

AwardsEdit

NHL
Rookie of the Month November 2014
NHL All-Star Game 2015
All-Rookie Team 2015
International
World U-18 Best Forward 2012
World Junior Top Three Player on Team Sweden 2013
World Junior All-Star Team 2013, 2014
World Junior Best Forward 2014
World Junior MVP 2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "5 Minute Majors: Filip Forsberg". Nashville Predators. 5 February 2015. Retrieved 26 November 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Button: Prospects turning heads at Ivan Hlinka tournament". The Sports Network. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "Five who have impressed at Hlinka tournament". 12 August 2011.
  4. ^ European Skaters Final Rankings http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=79333
  5. ^ "Capitals sign Filip Forsberg". Washington Capitals. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Capitals acquire Martin Erat and Michael Latta from Nashville". Washington Capitals. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Red Wings shutout Predators". Nashville Predators. 14 April 2013. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Minnesota Wild at Nashville Predators". Nashville Predators. 9 October 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Predators' Forsberg added to All-Star Game roster". NHL.com. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Filip Forsberg has hat trick after rookie award snub". The Tennessean. 24 April 2015. Retrieved 31 May 2018. A few hours later, Forsberg made his own statement, notching the first hat trick of his NHL career – and the first hat trick in Preds' playoff history
  11. ^ "Predators' Filip Forsberg records second natural hat trick in a week".
  12. ^ "Filip Forsberg Sets Predators' Hat Trick Record - TSS". www.todaysslapshot.com.
  13. ^ "Forsberg ties Predators' record for goals - Nashville Post". Nashville Post.
  14. ^ "Filip Forsberg named to Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster".
  15. ^ "Filip Forsberg has Predators' first back-to-back hat tricks".
  16. ^ "Roman Josi Named Captain of the Nashville Predators" (Press Release). NHL.com. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Forsberg streak for Predators ends with undisclosed injury". NHL.com. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Washington Capitals first round draft pick
2012
Succeeded by
Tom Wilson