This draft profile is on Leksand Winger Filip Forsberg. He was the captain of the U18 Swedish squad that won Gold at the World Junior Championships. He also played for the U20 Swedish squad this season. He currently is playing in the Allsvenskan against grown men. Filip Forsberg is not related to Peter Forsberg.
Centre / Leksand J20/Leksand - SuperElit/Allvenskan
August 13, 1994
Hometown: Ostervala, Sweden
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Final CSS European Rank: 1st
Future Considerations: 5th
Hockey Prospect: 3rd
The Hockey Guys: 6th
Craig's List: 7th
What do they say about him
‘Forsberg is a versatile forward, capable of playing either wing position. Some scouts say he's a power forward in the making, and he certainly tries to play that style of game. He's willing to hit opponents, throw his body around, and drive the net. The problem is that Forsberg is not very physically mature. He's very skinny for his height. As such his power game is not as effective as it could be. He will definitely need to add some muscle to his frame before he's ready for the rigors of the NHL.'
‘Although he helped his team win the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in January, Forsberg was a non-factor in the gold medal game of the U18 Championships in the Czech Republic, watching the US trounce all over team Sweden, 7-0. Despite that, Forsberg has left his mark as one of this years top forwards in the draft. He is lanky, but can control the play, stickhandle between opponents, create chances, or use his speed to go around defenders. His quick shot leaves goalie baffled and his vision is second to none.'
"A leader who shows by example -- I would compare him to Anaheim's Corey Perry a little bit," NHL Director of European Scouting, Goran Stubb, told NHL.com. "Has a nose for the net, and often scores the big goals. He's a creative playmaker, good skater with fine straight-ahead speed. He's a right-handed forward with an excellent shot and an effective two-way player with a great winning attitude. Filip's a solid puck carrier with very good puck-handling skills; mature, good size and physically strong. On top of that, he'll sacrifice himself to make the play."
Forsberg had a bit of a rough start to the season offensively, but has come on nicely over the past couple of months in Leksand - a period that also included some strong play in the World Juniors as a 17-year-old. Forsberg has a high skill level and displays good puck skills to go along with a quality shot. He is an above average skater and plays with a high energy level and is also willing to finish checks and compete in board battles. Overall, he's still a work in progress, but his ceiling is quite high and his unique skill-set makes him a player that teams will covet in the draft.
Filip Forsberg has the talent to become a very good top six forward in the NHL. He has good hands, a good shot and plays a high energy game. Though he does finish his checks in order to reach the next level he needs to add more size to his frame. At the moment he is seen as being too lanky and in danger of being pushed around by other larger players. However he has performed well in the men's league in Sweden despite his statue suggesting that he could definitely become a quality forward at the NHL level.
Filip Forsberg is almost certainly going to be a top 10 pick in this years draft. He is a talented forward who excels not only in the offensive end but can play well in his own defensive zone. Though he might not be physically mature enough to play in the NHL next year he will definitely be playing in North America within the next couple of years. He will likely be selected before the Dallas Stars pick.