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Despite possessing no relation to the great Peter Forsberg, Filip Forsberg remains an attractive prospect this upcoming Draft Day. After playing against men in the Swedish Allsvenskan, Forsberg seems ready to make the jump to the NHL, and has been described by a few scouts as being one of the more NHL-ready prospects. With his offensive abilities and the versatility to play any forward position, Forsberg has a lot to offer the Montreal Canadiens, and could very well have his name called by them on June 22nd.
Born: Aug 13, 1994 - Ostervala, Sweden
Height: 6'2 Weight: 181 lbs Shoots: Right
ISS Rank: 4 THN Rank: 2 McKeens Rank: 3
Forsberg projects as a top 6 forward, but the question remains how long it will take for him to get there. Though possessing a large frame, Forsberg is light for his height, and may struggle out of the gates at the NHL level. Nevertheless, the young Swede should be able to compensate with his capable two-way abilities. Forsberg's skating is adequate, and his work ethic enhances this, making him effective at both ends of the ice. His shot is excellent, and his playmaking abilities and passing are among the best in this year's crop. He plays a hard-nosed game, and once he grows into his body, he could serve as a punishing, physical presence on the ice.
The Canadiens could certainly benefit from some more size on the wings, and Forsberg would fit this bill, even if not this upcoming year. With a good training camp, he could step onto Montreal's roster, especially if he is able to play on the left side. That being said, Forsberg's development wouldn't be hurt by another year in Sweden, as he remains one of the youngest draft-eligible players, and hasn't really seen top-6 minutes thus far. If GM Marc Bergevin is looking for a safe selection, but one that might not necessarily make an impact this upcoming year, Filip Forsberg may end up wearing the Habs' colours on Draft Day.
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