Fredrik Forsberg

Darren Walker

Forsberg, brother of Nashville Predator star forward Filip, has evident skill when you watch him play. He is extremely dangerous when he has the puck in the offensive zone, both as a shooter and a playmaker. Though not particularly big, he uses his body well when protecting the puck or throwing checks to battle for 50/50 pucks. He is a strong playmaking option on the power play, using his vision and offensive creativity to make everyone on the ice more dangerous. Has a quick wrist-shot and can disguise its release off the rush, fooling goaltenders. The big question mark in his game is his skating. He looks very slow out on the ice, almost as if he was skating in mud. His stride isn’t very fluid; it looks like he has to really work hard to move forward at an average pace. He is very easy to spot on the ice with his hunched over skating style. He has almost no jump, which really limits his effectiveness. He relies more on smarts and positioning because of his poor mobility. He reads the game well and forms good chemistry with the team mates on the ice because of his exceptional hockey sense. His skill level and hockey IQ are both very high, but he definitely needs dramatic improvements on his skating or he may be looking for another line of work. (May 2015)