Filip Forsberg beats Almtuna IS goalie and WJC teammate Joel Lassinantti. (Photo credit: Leksands IF)
The Capitals are awful. You know that. Why do you even care anymore? Why not just go buy vodka and mint chocolate chip ice cream and watch Downton Abbey until the pain goes away?
No. There is some hope in the distance. Evengy Kuznetsov says he crossing the pond as soon as his contact in the KHL is finished (more on that later), and 2012 first-round pick Filip Forsberg is lighting it up in Sweden.
In the nine games since he returned from the World Junior Championship, Forsberg has four goals and eleven points. He also has 30 points in 31 games, which ranks him as one of the best in the league in points per game. Forsberg, one of the youngest players in the league, would also be among the league leaders in points if he hadn’t missed time due to injury and captaining Sweden’s WJC team.
Take a look at some Youtube highlights from a few recent games and imagine what the Caps will look like in two years or so — which, coincidentally, is about the time they’ll win their next game.
Forsberg’s goal is at the 0:15 mark. His assist is at 0:30 mark. (All videos courtesy of Allsvenskan)
In Leksands IF’s 2-1 win over Tingsryd, watch as Forsberg puts up two points. He scores the first goal of the game, a beautiful snap shot from the slot, and also assists on a goal, after some nifty stick handling off a face-off win.
Forsberg’s breakaway goal is at the 0:30 mark. His assist is at the 0:45 mark.
Against Almtuna, Forsberg once again puts up two points. He scores with some beautiful moves on a breakaway and also assists on a Mark Hurtubise goal.
Forsberg’s assists are at the 0:15 and 1:45 marks.
Finally against Troja/Ljungby, Forsberg puts up two assists.
Filip, you can’t arrive in Washington soon enough.