Round 1 Pick 4
Original Pick: Griffin Reinhart | Our Pick: Filip Forsberg
Filip Forsberg ended up going 11th overall to the Capitals in this draft. He never played a game with the Capitals, shoutout Martin Erat and Michael Latta, but he’s had a great career so far with the Nashville Predators.
Since playing consistently in starting in 2014-2015, Forsberg has averaged 62 points a season and 29 goals a season. The guys a stud, and would be a very solid second line center behind Tavares.
Yes, obviously I love Barzal but as we know the Islanders had to trade to acquire Barzy. Forsberg is the perfect second line center and the Islanders wouldn’t have had to give anything up.
This past year, with Nashville, the 23-year-old Forsberg tied his career high of points which is 64. He did that in just 67 games, so he certainly looks well on his way to being something close to a point per game player.
Again, that would be a great one-two punch with Tavares and Forsberg down the middle which is exactly what you need in order to be competitive in this league.
Forsberg has also proven to be rather clutch time playoff time. Over the past two years, he has 32 points in 35 playoff games. Four more years of Forsberg at $6 million seems pretty nice right about now.