Team Sweden just got even more talented. The defending gold medal winners added Filip Forsberg to their already loaded roster, and the forward left his AHL team last night to join his teammates for the World Junior Championship.
NSH’s Filip Forsberg left Milwaukee (AHL) last night to join SWE for WJC. His return gives SWE 11 returnees from last yr’s silver medal team
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 23, 2013
The highly touted youngster has struggled to perform up to expectations in the NHL this season, but he’ll be a force against fellow teenagers. Forsberg was acquired by the Predators in exchange to estranged forward Martin Erat last year at the trade deadline, but hasn’t been able to get his legs under him in the best hockey league in the world yet.
He’s spent some time in the minors with the Milwaukee Admirals, and he’s been a point-per-game player at that level. Forsberg hasn’t been nearly as effective under Barry Trotz in Nashville though. He has one goal and four assists through 12 NHL games this year and is carrying a minus-eight rating.
Forsberg suited up for Sweden last year and was one of the top players on the team. He had three goals and two assists in six games while aiding in the gold medal effort. This is a big chance for the youngster to find his A-game and his confidence again while playing in front of hometown fans. Given his struggles with Nashville, the tourney can only have a positive effect on Forsberg.