Nashville Predators fans will get an early look at the return on the Martin Erat trade, as Filip Forsberg has come over to North America and been officially added to the Preds' roster, clearing the way for him to play tomorrow against the Detroit Red Wings.
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This just arrived from the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that forward Filip Forsberg has been added to the team's active roster and could make his NHL debut tomorrow against the Detroit Red Wings (6:30 p.m. CT). The 11th overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft will wear No. 9.
Forsberg, 18 (8/14/94), was the recipient of the 2013 Golden Cage Award as the Allsvenskan's (Sweden-2) top junior player after posting 33 points (15g-18a) in 38 games in 2012-13. He then helped Leksand gain promotion to Sweden's top division by ranking second in goals (5) and eighth in points (tie, 9) in nine qualification games. The 6-1, 188-pound native of Östervåla, Sweden was recently ranked 10th in the world among NHL-affiliated prospects not currently in the League by The Hockey News. Forsberg helped Sweden win gold at the 2012 World Junior Championships, and captained the Swedes to a silver medal at the 2013 World Juniors, being named to the tournament's All-Star Team in the process.
For a sampling of opinions on Forsberg's game and his potential to make an impact in the NHL, check out yesterday's post at Section303.com.