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Report: Forsberg on way to Nashville, may play Monday vs. Canucks

Apr 11, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

Filip Forsberg AP

Sounds as though Nashville’s big trade deadline acquisition could be in the lineup sooner than expected.

Filip Forsberg — acquired last Wednesday from Washington in exchange for Martin Erat — will “hopefully” be in Nashville for Sunday’s morning skate prior to a game against the Wings, according to The Tennessean’s Josh Cooper, and may make his NHL debut the following night against Vancouver.

Forsberg, 18, was the 11th overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He recently completed a two-game exhibition stint with the Swedish National team, but wasn’t selected for the World Championship roster — making him eligible to head to North America.

With season-ending injuries to forwards Colin Wilson (shoulder), Paul Gaustad (shoulder) and Gabriel Bourque (knee), the Preds need help up front and would bring Forsberg directly to the NHL rather than have him play with AHL Milwaukee, according to head coach Barry Trotz.

“I would think he would come here because that would give us an extra body,” Trotz told The Tennessean. “He wouldn’t have to go to Milwaukee and then get called up or anything like that because we have two emergency recalls [Austin Watson and Daniel Bang] at forward right now.

“So we wouldn’t have to send anyone down.”

Bringing Forsberg to Nashville should be an exciting moment for the organization and fans.

He was NHL Central Scouting’s highest-rated European forward heading into the ’12 draft, and twice represented Team Sweden at the World Junior tournament, captaining the squad this year.

At the ’13 tourney, he was named to the All-Star team after losing to Team USA in the gold medal game.

Update: Since a few readers were asking in the comments section, a junior-eligible player can play five games at the NHL level before the club has to decide to keep him for the year — “burning” a year of his entry-level deal in the process — or returning him to his team.

  1. JoeAvg - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    So if this kid is so highly touted how come he couldn’t make the national team?

    • flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      Because he was on the Junior Squad?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      He’s 18, calm down. He’s not exactly Gretzky bud !

    • flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      Oh I see your point- this year’s national team. He’s an 18 year old who has never played with the national team save for two meaningless exhibition games. Considering Sweden tends to have their guys and focus on team chemistry, not including an 18 year old who would probably at best be a 3rd or 4th liner isn’t that big of a deal.

  2. flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    As a Capitals fan, I hate that they got rid of Forsberg. He’s going to be a stud. Perfect fit for Nashville with his two-way playing style. Best of luck to Filip, I’ll be rooting for him except when he plays the Capitals!

  3. hines86for6 - Apr 11, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Boom. Kid is going to be a stud.

  4. rsl22 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Why waste a year of rookie contact for 10 games?

    • rsl22 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Actually only 6 games, which is even dumber.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      Just asked @capgeek on twitter about that. Pretty sure it doesn’t count as a full year of service.

    • phillytommy - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Once a Junior eligible player plays in his 11th game the 1st year of the entry level contract is burned. This is why Laughton for the Flyers was sent down, among others. Hope that helps.

      • rsl22 - Apr 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        Except this year; I believe it’s only four (because of the lockout).

  5. flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    At least the Capitals still have Tom Wilson. He’s gonna be one heck of a power forward. He has a very slight chance of being on the Capitals this season, depending on when the Whalers are eliminated from the playoffs. Still think he’d start in Hershey.

    • blackfoot11 - Apr 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      It would be cool to see him on the third line with Perrault and Ward, but I think Hershey is the best option.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Agreed. Plus he’ll have a lot of fun in the PIM-heavy AHL.

  6. gunnyhighway88 - Apr 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    As a Caps fan, I would like to see how he does. I had high hopes for him, but didn’t hear much of anything about him since the draft. I hope the Caps made the right move. In any case, good luck to him.

    • flavadave10 - Apr 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      They didn’t make the right. Even if Forsberg does NOTHING in the NHL, they could have gotten way more for him than some aging forward who will probably be amnestied at the end of the season. And even if Erat isn’t amnestied, well, he’ll probably be a big reason why the Capitals won’t be able to afford to extend Mike Ribeiro.

      • therealjr - Apr 11, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Sorry, were you privy to other offers? I guess you could have offered more since you are the General Manager of an NHL team.

        Amnestied? They specifically traded for a top 6 winger who they now have under contract for two more years. Add to that fact that his actual salary is $6M combined over those two years even though his cap hit is $9M.

        They are in fine shape to sign Ribeiro or more likely, someone else at a $5M cap hit. Do your homework and get informed.

      • flavadave10 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        OK, just checked capgeek. I apologize, the Capitals have more cap space for next year than I thought they did. Assuming they resign absolutely nobody (no UFAs or RFAs), they’d have $10,233,483 of cap space.

        I’d still amnesty Erat. He’s not worth what he’s getting paid IMO. And even if they do get Ribeiro back at a cap hit of $5M, that still leaves the Capitals needing to resign RFAs Karl Alzner, Michal Neuvirth, Marcus Johansson, and Tomas Kundratek, and needing to replace/resign guys like Hendricks, Wolski, and Fehr.

        Granted, I’m not GMGM. I wasn’t aware that I’m not allowed to have an opinion. I just think it makes sense for the Capitals to amnesty Erat to create a little more cap space so that they can be sure that they have enough money to resign Ribeiro, Alzner, Neuvirth/another backup goalie (decent chance Neuvy gets traded), Johansson, and Kundratek, as well as sign a few upgrades.

        My point being, I still hate the Forsberg-Erat trade.

      • wethog66 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        There are other current Caps on the roster who would be bought out before Erat. Joel Ward being 1.

      • therealjr - Apr 12, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        They will move/buyout Schultz and can probably move Chimera. That’s another $4.5M.

        Ward is not being amnestied. This is an upper-limit team for the next two seasons before a major roster restructure will be needed.

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