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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

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82