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Forsberg has stood out among rookies

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Filip Forsberg

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When the Nashville Predators acquired prospect Filip Forsberg from the Washington Capitals in April 2013 in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta, the hope was that he could play a valuable role on a team lacking when it came to top-end skilled forwards. It’s taken some time, but Forsberg is starting to look like he can be that guy.

He’s certainly gotten off to a strong start with three assists in two contests and while that’s an obviously small sample size, the 20-year-old’s outburst hasn’t come out of nowhere.

“He’s been really consistent since rookie camp started,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette told the Nashville Post. “I thought he was a top player every game in rookie camp. He was a real positive offensive player for us in the exhibition season and, really, I think that has just continued.

“He appears to be strong in those battles. He’s got a tremendous awareness about him and an ability to find time and space and make plays. … He’s been consistent with his offense and his two-way play and his offense since he got here at rookie camp.”

All the same, the big question now how Forsberg will respond to a full campaign. He’s certainly been a big part of the Predators’ early success and to some extent, the team’s fortunes this season will likely be tied to him.


Filip Forsberg has scored two thirds of the Preds’ preseason goals

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