By Chris Gordon
Filip Forsberg is a weapon on the ice. In just two seasons in the NHL, he’s become one of the league’s most prolific goal-scorers, with 33 tallies last year and 26 in his rookie campaign.
Now the newly minted 22-year-old has been compared to Alex Ovechkin, one of the greatest scorers of all-time. It’s just one more stab in back for Caps fans by reporters who refuse to forget Forsberg’s trade for Martin Erat in 2013 by former Caps general manager George McPhee. Oh wait.
“He reminds me of playing with Alex with his quick release,” Nicklas Backstrom, who centers Ovechkin and has played with him his entire NHL career, told Dan Rosen of NHL.com on Friday. “He loves shooting the puck. He loves to go to the net. He loves creating stuff. In that way he reminds me of Ovi.”
Backstrom and Forsberg are currently linemates on Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto. They play in the semifinals against Team Europe on Sunday. Erat, meanwhile, currently plays in Siberia.
“He’s a 50-goal scorer every year, so that’s gotta be something good,” Forsberg said of Ovechkin when asked about Backstrom’s comparison. “Whenever I have it I want to shoot it.”
Rosen’s full article is worth a read. Backstrom was one of several players of the Swedish National Team to spot the correlation in the play of Forsberg and Ovechkin.
“I totally see it,” said Mattias Ekholm, who plays with Forsberg in Nashville. “His shot is amazing. Goalies just can’t seem to stop the puck. That’s the case with Ovi too.”
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