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Filip Forsberg
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Born 13 August 1994 (1994-08-13) (age 25)
Östervåla, Sweden
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Nashville Predators
Leksands IF
National team Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
NHL Draft 11th overall, 2012
Washington Capitals
Playing career 2010–present

Filip Forsberg (born Carl Filip Anton Forsberg on August 13, 1994) is a Swedish professional ice hockey player who is currently playing for the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He was selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing CareerEdit

Filip had standout performances at both the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Breclav, Czech Republic and World U18 Championships Tournament, Brno, Czech Republic where he was a member of the silver medal winning Team Sweden. At World Juniors in Brno he was also selected Best Forward of the tournament.

In final rankings done by NHL Central Scouting, he was the highest rated European forward available in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected 11th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals.

On July 13, 2012, while attending his first Capitals development camp, Filip signed a three-year entry level contract. He was returned to his former club, Leksands IF, on loan for the duration of the 2012–13 season.

Filip again improved upon his season totals for the third consecutive year to finish with 33 points in 38 games to help Leksand gain promotion to return to the Swedish Hockey League for the following season.

On April 3, 2013, he was unexpectedly traded by the Capitals to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Martin Erat and Michael Latta.

With his Swedish season completed, Filip was recalled from his loan and made his NHL debut towards the end of the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, becoming the third-youngest player to suit up for the Predators in a 3–0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on April 14, 2013.

On October 8, 2013, Filip scored his first NHL goal against Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild. He finished the 2013–14 season with five points (one goal and four assists) in 13 games played with the Predators in addition to 34 points (15 goals and 19 assists) in 47 games played with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Milwaukee Admirals.

On January 22, 2015, he was named to the 2015 NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, replacing the Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, who pulled out of the game due to injury.

In the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Filip became the youngest Nashville Predator to score a playoff goal in franchise history and also recorded the first playoff hat trick in franchise history in the first round against the Chicago Blackhawks.

He was voted to the postseason NHL All-Rookie Team for the 2014–15 season.

During the 2015–16 NHL season, Filip continued to surpass franchise milestones, recording 2 natural hat tricks in a 4-day span, the shortest time period between natural hat tricks since 1987–88. He also became the youngest Predator to record a regular season hat trick & the first player in Predators history to record multiple hat tricks in a single season.

Filip also led the team in scoring for the second consecutive year and set a new career high (64) in points and goals, with 33. His 33 goals tied the Predators franchise record. In March 2016, he was named to Sweden's 2016 World Cup of Hockey roster.

On June 27, 2016, he agreed to a six-year contract worth $36 million to keep him in Nashville through the 2021–22 season.

In late February of 2017, Filip scored back-to-back hat tricks against the Flames and Avalanche, making him the first player in Predators history & the first NHL player in over seven years to accomplish the feat.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2009–10 Leksands IF J20 50000
2010–11 Leksands IF J20 3621194022
2010–11 Leksands IF Allsv 101010 60110
2011–12 Leksands IF J20 60112
2011–12 Leksands IF Allsv 43891733 102130
2012–13 Leksands IF Allsv 3815183316 95496
2012–13 Nashville Predators NHL 50110
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 131454
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 4715193414 31120
2014–15 Nashville Predators NHL 8226376324 64264
2015–16 Nashville Predators NHL 8233316447 142242
NHL totals 182607313375 2064106
Medal record
Competitor for Template:SWE
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2012 Canada
Silver 2013 Russia
Silver 2014 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2011 Germany
Silver 2012 Czech Republic

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2011 Sweden WJC18 Template:Sica 64262
2012 Sweden WJC Template:Goca 60112
2012 Sweden WJC18 Template:Sica 65276
2013 Sweden WJC Template:Sica 63250
2014 Sweden WJC Template:Sica 748122
2015 Sweden WC 5th 881910
Junior Totals 3116153112
Senior Totals 881910

AccoladesEdit

NHL
Rookie of the Month November 2014
NHL All-Star Game 2015
All-Rookie Team 2015
International
World U-18 Best Forward 2012
World Junior Top Three Player on Team Sweden 2013
World Junior All-Star Team 2013, 2014
World Junior Best Forward 2014
World Junior MVP 2014

Personal LifeEdit

Filip was born to Carina Dahlberg and Patrik Forsberg. He has a younger brother, Fredrik, who plays hockey in the Leksands IF organization.

At birth, he was named Carl Filip Anton Forsberg, although he is referred to by his second name "Filip."

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