At this point in the season, it’s about time that the Nashville Predators stopped focusing so much on the present and look a little more at the future. And they got a big glimpse into their future on Sunday night, with the debut of prospect Filip Forsberg against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Preds acquired Forsberg, the 11th overall pick in last summer’s entry draft, from the Washington Capitals, in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta. It’s a trade that has the potential to work out as a steal for the Preds, as they acquired a potential star in Forsberg.
Unfortunately, they’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see some of that potential. While Forsberg did make his debut on Sunday night, it was a quiet one overall. It was a quiet one for the entire Predators team, as they were shutout against Detroit. Not an unfamiliar situation for them.
While Forsberg’s status as a wing or a center is up in the air, he played the night on the wing, not taking a faceoff on the night. He finished with 23 shifts, logging 18:37 of total ice time, including 2:12 on the power play. He had a pair of giveaways on the night, as well as one takeaway. He finished at a minus-2 and two shots on goal.
It may have been a quiet night, but Forsberg projects as a guy who won’t have too many of those. He’s a player with superb potential as a playmaker and knows how to put the puck in the back of the net. He’s a power forward with pretty good size and smarts. It’s just a matter of determining whether or not he’ll play in the middle or on the outside.
Regardless of his quiet debut, it’s very exciting for the Predators as an organization to get this guy some action out on the ice. He’s going to be a good one in Nashville for a long time.