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An inside look at the top 10 European forwards heading into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Wednesday, 06.06.2012 / 2:07 PM / Features
By Kevin Snow  - Sabres.com (@kwsnow)
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An inside look at the top 10 European forwards heading into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Filip Forsberg has been playing as a boy among men in Sweden for several years now, and he’ll now have an opportunity to ply his trade in North America. Forsberg (who is no relation to former NHL star Peter Forsberg) is the number one rated European skater for this year’s Entry Draft, and is projected to be a top three selection. A power forward with an NHL-quality shot, the 17-year-old Forsberg spent last season with Leksands in Sweden’s second-highest league, picking up eight goals and 17 points in 43 games. He was also a member of Sweden’s gold medal winning team at the World Junior Championship in Edmonton. Considered by many to be one of the most complete players available in the draft, Forsberg doesn’t turn 18 until August 13, and still has time to add some more muscle to his six-foot-three and 180 pound frame.

Teuvo Teravainen (Finland) and Sebastien Collberg (Sweden) check in at numbers two and three respectively. The slightly-built Teravainen (5’11”, 161 lbs.) compiled 18 points (11+7) in 40 games this season with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League, and is considered to be one of the most highly-skilled players in this year’s draft. Collberg is a sniper who scored four goals in six games for Sweden at the World Juniors, and also played in 41 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League.

COMING UP:

  • Monday, June 11 – Top 10 North American Defensemen
  • Wednesday, June 13 – Top 10 European Defensemen
  • Monday, June 20 – Top 10 North American Goalies
  • Wednesday, June 22 – Top 10 European Goalies

Filip Forsberg

European Skater - Leksand, SWEDEN-2
Final Rank: 1 Midterm Rank: 1
Position: Center Shoots: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 181
Born: August 13, 1994
Born in: Ostervala, SWE

Teuvo Teravainen

European Skater - Jokerit Jr., FINLAND-JR.
Final Rank: 2 Midterm Rank: 7
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 165
Born: September 11, 1994
Born in: Helsinki, FIN

Sebastian Collberg

European Skater - Frolunda Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank: 3 Midterm Rank: 2
Position: Right Wing Shoots: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 176
Born: February 23, 1994
Born in: Mariestad, SWE

Tomas Hertl

European Skater - Slavia, CZREP
Final Rank: 5 Midterm Rank: 3
Position: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 198
Born: November 12, 1993
Born in: Prague, CZE

Pontus Aberg

European Skater - Djurgarden, SWEDEN
Final Rank: 6 Midterm Rank: 4
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Right
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 194
Born: September 23, 1993
Born in: Stockholm, SWE

Nikolai Prokhorkin

European Skater - CSKA 2, RUSSIA-JR.
Final Rank: 9 Midterm Rank: 9
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 191
Born: September 17, 1993
Born in: Chelyabinsk, RUS

Anton Slepyshev

European Skater - Novokuznetsk, RUSSIA
Final Rank: 10 Midterm Rank: 13
Position: Left Wing Shoots: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 187
Born: May 13, 1994
Born in: Penza, RUS

Vyacheslav Osnovin

European Skater - Chelyabinsk 2, RUSSIA-JR.
Final Rank: 13 Midterm Rank: 14
Position: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 188
Born: March 5, 1994
Born in: Russia

Erik Karlsson

European Skater - Frolunda Jr., SWE-JR.
Final Rank: 14 Midterm Rank: 51
Position: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 162
Born: July 28, 1994
Born in: Lerum, SWE

Erik Thorell

European Skater - Farjestad, SWEDEN
Final Rank: 19 Midterm Rank: 17
Position: Center Shoots: Left
Height: 5' 10" Weight: 185
Born: March 3, 1992
Born in: Karlstad, SWE

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