filip forsbergThe Nashville Predators have locked up forward Filip Forsberg, signing him to a six-year contract worth $36 million. They announced the deal on Monday.

Forsberg was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, but a long-term deal was always in the works.

“It’s been great since Day 1 since I got here,” Forsberg said. “Everyone in Nashville is great. The staff is awesome, the ownership is great. I mean the fans are one of the best in the League, if not the loudest then one of the best fans in the League. Why wouldn’t you want to play where you really like it?”

The 21-year-old from Ostervala had 64 points in 82 games last season, finishing with 33 goals. He is starting to emerge as one of the best young forwards in Music City, finishing 10th overall in Selke Trophy voting.

The Predators advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs before dropping a seven-game series to the San Jose Sharks and they have a lot to work with.

“Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we’ve ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities.”

That potential is what has the Predators excited, especially when you consider how Poile has signed several young players to reasonable contracts over the last while. He has Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis all inked to quality deals that will keep them in the fold for at least the next few seasons.

And Forsberg is right in that wheelhouse, with his signing potentially setting the tone for other young players throughout the NHL.

In 182 games, Forsberg has 133 points – including 60 goals. In 20 career post-season games, he has 10 points.

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