It’s amazing what Filip Forsberg can do with more than five minutes of ice time. During his four-game stint in the AHL this week the top-end young forward scored one goal and tacked on five assists with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Nashville Predators apparently liked what they saw from the rookie, and have recalled him to the NHL.
The Preds need all the offensive help they can get right now. Nashville has one goal in its last three contests, and was recently shut out in back-to-back games by the Winnipeg Jets and New Jersey Devils—two teams that wouldn’t be in the playoffs if the 2013-14 campaign ended today.
— KWilsonPreds (@KWilsonPreds) November 14, 2013
So now Forsberg returns to the NHL to do what?
If Barry Trotz is just going to roll him out for five or six minutes a night, this call up is absolutely pointless for both the player and team. Forsberg is a youngster and is going to make mistakes, but it isn’t like Nashville’s current group is vaunted in their own end right now. They need to start scoring some goals, and Forsberg is one of the few players on the roster that has the talent to take over shifts.
It can be argued that he’s the only forward that Nashville can ice that could even remotely appear to be a game breaker. Flashes of offensive brilliance have been few and far between for Forsberg, but what do you expect from a kid that’s playing nine or ten minutes a night?
He’s not a grinder or a bang-and-crash player. Forsberg needs the puck on his stick and more playing time if Nashville wants to see what he can do for their offense. Otherwise he’s just going to lose his confidence and he’ll be back in the AHL in no time.