The only thing really holding Forsberg back in recent memory is falling well-short of an 82-game season. He’s missed 33 regular season games over the past two seasons. An upper-body injury held him back last season while he was currently the team leader in points. He had 22 points in 26 games up to that point.
Two seasons ago Forsberg averaged a point per game, finishing with 64 points in 64 games. We have to hope that he can get much closer to playing the full 82 games this upcoming season. He is that dominant force on the top line that the Predators can’t afford to lose again for lengthy amounts of time.
An improved power play from the Predators will mean good things for Forsberg. He will have his fingerprints all over a new-look power play, and that should translate into a big increase in power play production. He had just ten points on the man advantage last season, with seven goals and three assists. Both of those totals should dramatically improve, helping him come very close to breaking his personal career high of 64 points in a season. Will that be enough to lead the team?