Forsberg scores! (Photo credit: Leksands IF)
While the NHL is shut down for the foreseeable future, international hockey is in full bloom. For example: Sweden, where Washington Capitals 2012 first round pick Filip Forsberg played his second full season for Leksands Idrottsförening of the Allsvenskan league.
On Tuesday the 18-year-old (who was rated the top-rated European skater going into this year’s draft) scored his first goal of the 2012-13 season and recorded an assist in Leksands IF’s 5-3 victory over Tingsryd.
Video is below the jump.
Forsberg’s power play goal is at the 30 second mark, his assist is at 1:00.
On his goal, Forsberg shows off some wise-beyond-his-years patience and a nose for the net as he collects a rebound in the slot, and then waits before rifling a shot to the top corner. On his assist, Forsberg speedily carries the puck into Tingsryd’s zone and finds teammate Martin Janhols wide-open for a one-timer.
So Evgeny Kuznetsov isn’t the only prospect you should be excited about.
With the win, Leksands IF pulls into a 7-way tie for first place in the league. Their plus-four goal differential is second best in the league, which is only three games into the season right now.
Photo credit: Leksands IF
Additional reporting by Fedor Fedin.