After being sidelined for a month due to a concussion, Filip Forsberg is set and ready for game action beginning tomorrow night when the Admirals play host to the San Antonio Rampage.
“It’s been a tough couple of weeks,” said forward Filip Forsberg after this morning’s practice at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. “Been sitting out. Just trying to get back as quick as possible and get ready to play again.”
Forsberg’s season started in Nashville. He played in eleven games scoring one goal and four assists prior to being reassigned to Milwaukee. In a four game span with the Ads, he scored one goal and five assists – also firing eighteen shots on goal. As far as the initial script went, getting Forsberg more ice time and reigniting his offense while playing with the Ads, all went according to plan. He came back to the Predators for a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 11/15. He took eleven shifts, played nearly ten-minutes of ice time, but didn’t even put up a shot on goal in that game. Then came the injury news that would later be revealed to be a concussion that sidelined him for a month.
When asked, Forsberg didn’t want to go into any specifics of his concussion or any symptoms he was experiencing during the past few weeks. Considering how vast and complex concussions and concussion symptoms are – the fact he returned to full-contact practice for the first time yesterday in Nashville, and then today in Milwaukee, tells me we’re not talking Sidney Crosby or David Perron levels of bad symptoms. For a nineteen year old dealing with any sort of a concussion though – it’s worth the biggest of precautions to even allow him to get back to full-contact practice. He’s cleared that hurdle. Now comes the joys of returning to the ice for game action.
“I’ve been out for a couple of weeks and it is going to be great to playing,” said Forsberg. “The last time I was [in Milwaukee] that was kind of the last game I was playing. It’s gonna be good to be back with the boys and get some more ice time. It’s going to be fun.”
You could clearly see just how happy he was to say he’s back playing. Truthfully, he was fighting off a smile during that quote. As far as who he plays with, tomorrow night, remains to be seen.
“I was playing with Moser and Sissons last time and that worked out well,” said Forsberg of potential linemates for this weekend. “I’ve been here for awhile. Obviously it’s up to the coaches to pair me up with good guys and I’m not really worried. There’s a lot of really good guys here.”
Forsberg’s return might also have come just in time for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, as well. This year they will be held in Forsberg’s native Sweden and will be played from December 26th to January 5th. When asked if he expects to join Team Sweden for World Juniors his response was, “I don’t know.” To me, I think Forsberg’s chance to play in Juniors has plenty of crucial factors attached to it. A lot of which can be answered by his own fitness and performance in this weekend’s three-in-three with the Admirals.
Thoughts on how Forsberg will play this weekend? What kind of impact can the Ads expect? With Forsberg on the roster, who gets scratched in his place for this weekend’s game?