Just as the Nashville Predators faced some good news with the return of Ryan Ellis, they have some bad news as relates to forward Filip Forsberg.
The 23-year-old will miss four to six weeks with an upper body injury he sustained on December 29 as his club faced off against the Minnesota Wild.
Forsberg has missed the last two games and was placed on the injured reserve list, but Wednesday’s news solidifies just how long the Swede will be out of action.
Without question, this one stings.
Forsberg leads all Predators in scoring with 15 goals and a total of 34 points in 37 games.
The Ostervala native was drafted 11th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to the Predators before skating a single game in Washington and debuted as the third youngest player to ever skate for Nashville.
Forsberg’s best season to date came in 2015-2016. He posted 33 goals and added 31 assists for 64 points in 82 games. He is on pace for more this season, but the injury will likely derail that.
The Predators aren’t used to playing without Forsberg, either. This marks the first time they’ve skated without him in the lineup since the 2013-2014 season.
The exact nature of Forsberg’s injury hasn’t been released, but he was placed on injured reserve Saturday. That move indicated that he was expected to miss at least three games, which has naturally come to fruition and then some.
“Everybody appreciates the fact that he’s been one of our top scorers and one of our top players consistently year-after-year since he’s been here,” coach Peter Laviolette said at the time. “It’s an unfortunate thing, all the teams deal with it…I think it becomes more significant when you lose a guy like Filip because of the minutes and the role that he plays on this team. With that comes an opportunity for somebody else to step up and that’s the way we’ve got to look at it.”
Frederick Gaudreau was recalled from the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday.