Nashville Predators: Players With Growing Expectations, Pressure Next Season

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13: Kevin Fiala #22 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with teammates Ryan Ellis #4 and Craig Smith #15 after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on March 13, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 13: Kevin Fiala #22 of the Nashville Predators celebrates with teammates Ryan Ellis #4 and Craig Smith #15 after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Bridgestone Arena on March 13, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /
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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 12: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators reacts after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of a 5-2 Predators victory in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 12: Filip Forsberg #9 of the Nashville Predators reacts after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of a 5-2 Predators victory in Game One of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) /

Filip Forsberg

Filip Forsberg keeps raising the bar every year he plays. Even an abbreviated season shortened by inury and a controversial suspension couldn’t hold him back from having another spectacular year. Better yet, he’s doing it when the lights are the brightest in postseason action. With success comes more pressure and higher expectations.

The fact is Forsberg’s best hockey should still be ahead of him. If not for missing 15 regular season games, he would’ve eclipsed 30 goals again for the third-straight year. He still posted 26 goals and tied a career high with 64 points. As great as those numbers are, I think he can produce much more starting in the upcoming season.

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Forsberg’s next step is to become one of the game’s most lethal scorers, and get national recognition for it. For him to do that he’s going to have to stay healthy and show consistency. He keeps growing into a more complete player, so there’s no reason to think he won’t keep getting better. We should start seeing him blossom into a top-tier scorer in the NHL in the very near future. That’s his next step.