A Full Year of Filip
In the two seasons that Filip Forsberg has played for the Nashville Predators, he had a pretty big slump for part of the season. Now, there may be pretty good reasons for that.
In his first year, he was not only the Top Rookie for the first three-quarters of the season, he was one or the top players in the league. He tailed off in March considerably, kind of hitting that rookie wall.
From February 21st of 2015- March 21st, a span of 15 games, Forsberg has exactly two goals. He just couldn’t hit the back of the net. He finished the season with goals in three of his last four games but he had that long stretch of no goals.
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Last season, it was the opposite. After scoring in two of the first four games, he went on a streak of 17 straight games without a goal. By November 26th, he had only two goals on the season and the dreaded Sophomore Slump was being pronounced as alive and well with Forsberg.
He started scoring a little better and after the Seth Jones for Ryan Johansen trade in early January, the other teams couldn’t just key on Forsberg and he took off. The rest, as they say, is history. He went on to score Hat Tricks in two of three games in February and tied Jason Arnott’s record with 33 goals on the year.
If he can put a full season together without a 15 or so game slump he will re-write the Nashville Predators Record Book. He averages a goal every third game right now, so that would be another five goals without everything else we’ve talked about.
It could be quite a year for Filip Forsberg. It could be a monster year. He could be the kind of player that takes a team and carries it to new heights. Higher than ever before. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Here is a video with every goal by Filip Forsberg from last season. Enjoy:
Filip Forsberg will be playing for Sweden in the World Cup of Hockey right before the season starts. Hopefully, that can jump start him to a fantastic season for the Nashville Predators.