Nashville Predators: Four Key Players Who Will Need to be Leaders

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Filip Forsberg #9 and Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrate Forsberg's third period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 6-5 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 30: (L-R) Filip Forsberg #9 and Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators celebrate Forsberg's third period goal against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 30, 2020 in Newark, New Jersey. The Predators defeated the Devils 6-5 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Associate Captain Filip Forsberg

If there is one Nashville player who is on the cusp of becoming an elite forward in the NHL, it is Filip Forsberg. He has been knocking on the door for the past few seasons but, unfortunately, hasn’t been able to take that next step.

Forsberg is another player that has struggled a bit these past few seasons but is still a leader and considered the best forward on the team. He is capable of putting up 70 points or higher in any given season, which would be a welcome sight.

With scoring forwards at a premium on this team, Forsberg has a great opportunity to take that next step in his career and move into elite status. If he can pull off a career type of year, then it will do wonders for keeping the Predators from being a dreaded lottery team in the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery.

Forsberg sets a high bar for the forwards to aim for. With his leadership on and off the ice, he can help lead the younger players by example. They will need all of the help they can get if the Predators are to have a shot at making a splash in the Central Division.