Filip Forsberg: B
I’m going with a conservative grade on this one because it’s so tough to answer this now. But I will say, I think Forsberg has another level he can take it to.
It’s no secret that the Predators power play is one of the worst in the NHL currently, and Forsberg has just two power play goals to contribute. Of course it’s fair to expect more.
All that was talked about going into the offseason was re-signing Forsberg and not letting him walk for nothing. Poile missed that chance when the trade deadline passed. Instead he chose to forge ahead, and even though the team did sneak into the playoffs, it ended in a sweep.
One thing is clear; if Forsberg wasn’t on this current Predators team, they would be even worse, I’m talking down at the bottom with the Coyotes and Blackhawks battling for Central Division misery.
Forsberg is likely a career Nashville Predator now, and now he has to prove he can be a vital piece to push this team further than a first round. Start competing realistically for Stanley Cups. I give this re-signing a B because Poile had to do it, but I need more from Forsberg. He needs to be on the franchise player level status, and he’s not there right now.