He may share a team-worst plus/minus rating, he may average less than 12 minutes of ice time a game and he may have only one point at even strength but, somehow, Filip Forsberg positively impacts the Nashville Predators.
When the 19-year old Swedish phenom is in the lineup, the Preds are 8-2-1 this season. Without him? A putrid 0-5-1.
Forsberg has missed time due to injury, has been a healthy scratch and, more recently, has been in the minors to regain his confidence and log serious ice time. Regardless of the reason, when he doesn’t play, Nashville struggles.
The Ostervala, Sweden native has five points in 11 games, four of which came on the power play but isn’t playing top line minutes. In an effort to get him more ice time, the Predators assigned him to their AHL-affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, this past Thursday. All he’s done since donning an Ads sweater is post five points in three games and register 13 shots on goal. Considering he has just 20 shots in 11 NHL games this se...