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Forsberg, Fiala, Jarnkrok make NHL.com’s Top Prospects list

The NHL.com crew has released their Top 60 Prospects list for the 2014-15 season and the Nashville Predators are well represented.

Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok and 2014 first round pick Kevin Fiala all cracked the list and, what’s even more exciting for Predators fans, they’re all forwards. For an organization known for churning out NHL-caliber and even their fair share of Norris Trophy potential defensemen, it’s nice to see the forwards in the system getting some national pub.

You can see the entire list HERE but below are the highlights of the Nashville selections.

12. Filip Forbserg – Predators officials admitted they rushed Forsberg to the NHL last season, but the 20-year-old dominated at the 2014 WJC and finished strong in the AHL. With the arrival of coach Peter Laviolette and a more up-tempo offense, the hope is Forsberg could be on the cusp of an NHL breakout.

36. Calle Jarnkrok – Acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for David Legwand in March 2014, the 5-11, 156-pound forward played 17 [sic] late-season games in Nashville. He also played on a line in the AHL with Filip Forsberg that has the Predators hoping the two can rediscover their chemistry together in the NHL with Jarnkrok in the middle and Forsberg at right wing.

46. Kevin Fiala – Fiala’s fan club among the scouting community grew as last season went on, and the Predators picked the offensively gifted forward with the 11th pick of the 2014 draft. At 5-10 and 180 pounds, the 18-year-old will need at least one more season with HV 71 in Sweden to get bigger and stronger, but it won’t be long before he brings his skills to North America.

Also, 2013 fourth round draft pick and 2014 World Junior Championship gold medalist Juuse Saros was an honorable mention, further reinforcing the goaltending factory that is the Nashville organization.


PHOTO CREDITS:
Jarnkrok: Kristen Jerkins
Forsberg: Sarah Fuqua
Fiala: Sarah Fuqua

2 Comments

  1. DRW Bill

    September 10, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    It looks like the Predators robbed the Red Wings in the Jarnkrok trade. Most Red Wings fans believed the rumor of him leaving for Sweden and still to this day will tell you the same. As if any day now, Jarnkrok will leave for Sweden.

    David Poile is a very good manager. He has traded for two top 50 prospects in the last two years for players that were over 32 years old and may not have been any better than the prospects they were traded for at the time being.

    Jarnkrok will be a top-6 forward and Forsberg could be his linemate and probably is even better.

  2. Gee Wong

    September 10, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    hahahahahhahahahahahahhaha to DRW Bill’s comment of Poile being a good gm! Wow! Yes he got a few good young studs for some oldies but overall Poile is a joke. Can NOT bring in any real talent. Neal and Ribeiro are not the answer. Just as Gill and Kostitsyn were not the answers a few years ago. Year after year I have to watch my Nashville Predators say they will spend for good talent but ending up never being able to attract it. Getting real old. We have good prospects, but that is all we every seem to have (offense wise). When are they all going to click? Defense we are set, goal as well. Most players on our top lines would be bottom lines on other teams. You can’t argue that. Just cause we have an offensive minded coach now does not mean we will automatically score goals. Especially when Trotz had to play defensively because of the kind of talent he had to deal with. It will be very interesting to see how Trotz does in Washington. I bet he doesn’t play defensive…..