Predators expecting big things from Forsberg

Predators expecting big things from Forsberg
July 27, 2013, 1:30 pm
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(Associated Press)

For however long Martin Erat and Michael Latta are members of the Capitals, fans will be measuring their production against the progress of Nashville Predators forward prospect Filip Forsberg.

That progress may be easily monitored next season because Forsberg is expected to make Nashville’s NHL roster.

Taken by the Caps with the 11th pick overall of the 2012 draft, Forsberg was dealt to the Predators in a trade deadline deal that yielded Erat and Latta.

On Friday, Team Sweden announced that Forsberg, who will turn 19 in August, has been removed from its roster for the 2014 World Junior Championships because he’s expected to be on the Predators’ roster.

Team Sweden will have its orientation campAug. 3-10 in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Forsberg would have been shooting for his second straight medal. He captained Sweden to a silver in last year’s WJCs, which were won by the Americans.

Forsberg is still eligible to play for Sweden, but if he makes Nashville’s roster he will lose that eligibility. Last season Forsberg had one assist in five NHL games with the Preds and he impressed the Predators at their recent prospects camp.

“He’s both a goal scorer and he’s a disher,” Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton told USAToday. “He's an all-around player that has possibly elite offensive talent, so I would not descriptively say he does one or the other better. I would say he does both equally as well, so when you really look at it, we have a complete player here.”

Capitals first-round pick Andre Burakovsky [23rd overall in 2013] is one of five Swedish forwards who will return for a second attempt at gold. He’ll be joined by Capitals defensive prospect Christian Djoos, 18, who was taken in the seventh round [195th overall] in 2012.