PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Filip Forsberg, 11th overall pick by the Washington Capitals, poses on stage during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
With the No. 11 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, the Washington Capitals have selected Filip Forsberg, a Right Wing from Leksand of the Swedish Elite League.
Born in Ostervala, Sweden, Forsberg was ranked first overall among European skaters by NHL Central Scouting. A member of the gold medal winning Swedish team at the 2012 World Junior Championships, he projects as a big bodied power forward who will be able to crash the net and cause havoc for opposing defenses..
The main drawback that kept Forsberg out of the top picks this year was his commitment to play at least one more season in Sweden before coming over to North America, forcing the Caps to wait for his contract to expire before he can be introduced to the North American game.