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Preds think Filip Forsberg has elite offensive potential

Jul 27, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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The Nashville Predators invested quite a bit in the forward position in free agency, yet most – if not all – of their acquisitions fit the team’s blueprint of two-way players.

Ultimately, it seems as if the franchise will count on young scorers to fill the net, then.

Assuming he makes the Predators roster as a full-time player after appearing in five games last season, Filip Forsberg could be a big part of that picture, as reports.

The Predators gushed about the 18-year-old’s potential following his debut in April.

“He’s both a goal scorer and he’s a disher,” Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton told USA Today. “He’s an all-around player that has possibly elite offensive talent, so I would not descriptively say he does one or the other better. I would say he does both equally as well, so when you really look at it, we have a complete player here.”

It remains to be seen if he’ll stick with the team full-time in 2013-14, although it sounds likely being that he was dropped from Sweden’s World Junior Championships roster on Friday.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I sure do hope Erat gets at least 25 (G’s) and 65 (Pts) this year… I was bummed about losing Forsberg

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 27, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Well if i had to choose between giving up Forsberg over Tom Wilson, i’d do that any day. Caps need grit and soul. That kid seems to have it. I wish Forsberg best of luck. But i can see how he doesn’t fit into the system. The talent is there, but they need to find the heart to make it happen.

  2. jdmix - Jul 28, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    Good luck getting those type of points from Erat. Good player but he won’t put up numbers like that at this point in his career. Caps sold out for a weak playoff push and Preds got lucky

  3. ruthlessandtoothless - Jul 28, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Preds got lucky by flipping Erat for a guy with much better offensive potential. Given the stockpiling of bottom 6 wingers the Preds have been doing lately I’d say they’re a few more scoring threats away from being a serious cup contender. If the D is healthy and they add maybe 2 more offensive minded forwards lord knows what this team could do in the post season.

  4. govtminion - Jul 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Still not sure what McPhee was thinking with this trade. Erat may end up being decent for Washington, but trading a potential superstar for a modestly-talented player with injury issues was baffling.

    • stakex - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      I think it has something to do with McPhee really sucking at his job. There is simply no other explanation for that trade.

  5. therealjr - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Just seems like the deal was too good to be true for Nashville, doesn’t it?

    We were hearing the same hype about Granlund last year.

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