Forsberg is expected to arrive in Nashville tomorrow and will have his first skate with the team on Sunday. Poile told Josh Cooper of the Tennessean that he expected the young Swede to make his NHL debut on Monday against the Vancouver Canucks. “He’s a highly promoted player, if you will, in terms of his potential,” Poile said. “But I want to be a little careful to not put him in a position where he doesn’t succeed.”
Washington’s top pick in the 2012 NHL draft, 11th overall, Filip Forsberg has spent the last two seasons playing in for his home country’s Allsvenskan league. He finished this season second in scoring with 15 goals and 18 assists in 38 games. That was second in the league behind only fellow Preds prospect Pontus Åberg. Forsberg has compiled 51 points in 91 games in the Allsvenskan, playing at the ages of 18 and 19 against professional-caliber men.
With countless injuries to key players in the waning weeks of this NHL season, Nashville fans have been getting used to looking at tomorrow’s team today. But Filip Forsberg represents something completely different from what the Milwaukee boys have brought to the team. He possesses elite scoring talent and skating ability, but he’s also considerably younger than any player the Nashville Predators have iced in years. The transition will be an immediate test of Forsberg’s hockey ability since the size of the rink and speed of the game are different here than in Sweden. Hopefully his reputation for defensive responsibility will help him to fit in Barry Trotz’s defensive system quickly.