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Preds send Forsberg to AHL… again

Jan 10, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT

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Filip Forsberg is on his way back to Milwaukee.

On Friday, the Preds announced that Forsberg — fresh off winning Most Valuable Player at the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships — will be reassigned to the AHL Admirals.

Forsberg, 19, has already done a tour in Milwaukee, scoring eight points in seven games earlier this season. On Wednesday, he was released from the Swedish junior team and returned directly to Nashville, where he was a healthy scratch for the club’s 4-3 loss at home to Anaheim on Thursday.

On the year, Forsberg’s appeared in 12 games for the Preds, scoring one goal and five points. He hasn’t suited up for the club since Nov. 15, though, as head coach Barry Trotz said the youngster still needs some seasoning before becoming a regular contributor at the NHL level.

“He’s a tremendous young kid. He has a lot of ability. He has a long way to go to play in the National Hockey League on a regular basis. I shouldn’t say play in the National Hockey League — to produce in the National Hockey League,” Trotz told The Tennessean. “I think he has a lot of great tools, exceptional hands and is a quality young man, but there’s still a long way for him to go.”

It’s worth noting that Elias Lindholm, Forsberg’s World Juniors running mate and second-leading Swedish scorer, score three points in his first post-WJC game last night, helping Carolina beat Toronto 6-1.

  1. ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    I would have lmao’d if Halford ended this one like he did yesterday with “In a related story, the Capitals have scratched Martin Erat.”

    it’d be a double-salty wound.

  2. storminator16 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Maybe Trotz “needs more seasoning”. Just let the guy play his game, sheesh.

    • Idaslapter - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      I agree. This is very disappointing. They haven’t asked my opinion but I would really like to see him turned to loose to play his game.

      • shaundre93 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        Come on guys, he’s 19. He’s a top tier prospect, not a prodigy. They are doing the right thing. It’s not all about points, Im sure there are details to his game they would like him to fix in the AHL before calling him back up. Not as if NSH is a contender right now so I see no reason to rush him

      • storminator16 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        shaundre93, I would understand your argument if they plan to let him stay in the ‘A the rest of the season, but they’ll just call him up again in two weeks, jerk his chains, and send him back down. I’ve seen this story before in pro sports too many times. Just let him learn in the NHL, nothing much he’s going to learn as he rips up the ‘A.

      • kyegrace - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        What would Detroit do?

        See Tatar’s goal?

        He played thee full seasons in GR. In fact virtually every Red Wing including those being suggested as the replacements for Zetterberg and Datsyuk played in the AHL for much longer then they ‘needed’ to.

        Not saying they were at the same place at 19. Forsberg may be ahead of him.

        But that extra time being a leader on a team seems to work out pretty good for Det.

        Says a non Detroit fan who wishes his team could and would do the same.

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