Former Capitals prospect Filip Forsberg made his NHL debut on Sunday, less than two weeks after he was traded to the Nashville Predators.
The Capitals selected Forsberg with their first-round pick, 11th overall, in last June’s NHL Draft but traded the 18-year-old to Nashville on April 3, as part of the deal that landed veteran Martin Erat in Washington.
Forsberg skated on Nashville’s No.1 line on Sunday alongside veteran David Legwand and rookie Taylor Beck and he is expected to see plenty of ice-time in Nashville’s final five games of the regular-season.
The Predators have lost six straight games and nine-of-ten overall following a 3-0 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Nashville is in 13th place in the Western Conference, seven points behind the 8th place Dallas Stars.
Forsberg skated 18:37 in his NHL debut, behind only Legwand and Beck among Nashville forwards, and he also saw time on the No.1 power play unit.
Forsberg finished his first career NHL game with two shots on goal and a minus-2 rating. He was on the ice with just over a minute to play in the third period when Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader scored an empty-net goal to clinch the Red Wings win.
"You see why you get excited about the deal you made," said Predators head coach Barry Trotz. "He’s big, he’s 18-years-old and he’s a load. You can see the skillset. He shoots the puck really hard. You can see he has good mobility for a young guy.”
Forsberg is expected to stay with the Predators for the final two weeks of the regular-season with fellow-Swede and injured Nashville forward Patric Hornqvist housing Forsberg over that stretch.