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Preds’ rookie Filip Forsberg named to All-Star Game

Filip Forsberg

Nashville Predators’ Filip Forsberg, of Sweden, celebrates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg has been named to the NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement.

With Evgeni Malkin unable to participate, Forsberg, who was slated to participate in the rookie portion of the fantasy draft and the skills competition on Saturday, will take the Penguins center’s spot.

Forsberg is the lone rookie named to the game.

He is tied for the Preds lead with 15 goals and leads the team with 40 points. The 20-year-old also leads all rookies in assists (25) and points.

Forsberg becomes the second injury replacement announced Thursday.

Earlier in the day the league announced St. Louis Blues’ goaltender Brian Elliott would replace Sergei Bobrovsky (lower body).

Malkin has been sidelined by a lower body injury and missed the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday due to the injury.

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