The Capitals once again stretched their arms overseas to select center Filip Forsberg with the 11th pick of the 2012 NHL draft.
Forsberg, 17, recorded eight goals and nine assists in 43 games for Leksand of the Swedish League. He was the top-rated European in the draft.
Scouts rave about Forsbergs mature game and believe he is one of the more developed forwards in the draft. Forsberg was the youngest player on Team Sweden at the 2012 World Junior Championships and helped the Swedes win their first gold medal since 1981. He does not turn 18 until Aug. 13.
Forsberg also helped Sweden capture silver in the 2011 World Under-18 Championships.
Below is a scouting report:
Physical Ability: Forsberg has top notch physical ability for a skater.
Durability: Forsberg rarely gets injured. He is a very tough skater. He can take a lot of hits from defenders without it affecting his game too much.
Awareness: Great awareness at both ends.
Learning Rate: Learns new plays right away.
Hockey IQ: Forsberg is a sharp instinctive skater on the ice.
Intangibles: Forsberg has a variety of intangibles that make him such a unique prospect.
Forsberg is mentally disciplined and committed to the game.
Shooting Power: Forsberg has the shooting power that you look for when it comes to executing slap shots or wrist shots.
Shooting Accuracy: Forsberg has the shooting accuracy to execute a precise back handed shot.
Sniper: Forsberg is a really effective sniper at getting the puck in.
Playmaker: Forsberg does a good job making plays finding open teammates.
Two Way Forward: Forsberg can be used as a left winger or a center. He prefers the left wing role.
Power Forward Ability: Forsberg can be used like a power forward.
Grinder: Forsberg is an effective enforcer. He is good at be used as a grinder.
Athleticism: Forsberg has amazing athleticism.
Skater: Forsberg is arguably one of the best skaters in the Allvenskan Swedish Hockey League.
Discipline: Forsberg is very disciplined for an NHL prospect. I do not believe he is as mentally disciplined as Landeskog yet though.
Top-line Talent: Forsberg has line 1 talent.
NHL Ready: Forsberg is NHL ready. He could be this years Gabriel Landeskog.
Potential: Forsberg has the potential to become a quality top-line 1 two way forward at left wing in a few years.