The Nashville Predators came in just under the wire in one of the bigger trades of this year’s deadline, with an announcement of their trade with the Washington Capitals that didn’t come until the actual deadline had already passed.
The Predators and Capitals agreed to a trade that sent long-time Pred Martin Erat and minor leaguer Michael Latta in exchange for Filip Forsberg. It’s pretty clear that this is a move to position the Preds for the future, rather than make an impact right now, as Forsberg is still playing over in Sweden.
Nonetheless, this is a move that has the potential to pay dividends for the Predators. They’re known for being a club built around defense, without much happening up front. They’ve had recognizable names on offense, but no one that stands out as a star-caliber player.
That could change with the addition of Forsberg, who projects as a splendid offensive player.
He originally was projected to be a top five pick in last summer’s entry draft, but ended up falling to no. 11 overall. He was considered a steal at that point in the draft.
Standing 6’2″, he has pretty good size and will be difficult for opposing teams to handle. He’s very smart with the puck and has demonstrated excellent playmaking skills. He also has an excellent shot. Overall, he projects as an excellent two-way forward, the likes of which this Nashville Predators club has not seen.
He’s going to be a good one in this league for a while. He’ll give the Predators the offensive superstar they’ve lacked, once he completely develops and makes the jump over. It will be interesting to see how he fits in with this type of system when he does.