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Forsling has excellent offensive upside, and has already proven himself in a top men’s league.


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July 2021 – After a trade to Florida and an injury to Aaron Ekblad, Forsling really took off. He’s showing some promise under old coach/new coach Joel Quenneville. He had 15 points in his last 29 games. – Dobber


February 2019 – Forsling has struggled this season, coming off of a surgery to his wrist in the offseason. He is very capable offensively but does not bring much else to the table. He may have been passed in the organization by a few of his peers so it is crucial that he finds a way to start putting points on the board. Tony Carr


November 2018 – Forsling was recalled by the Blackhawks on November 13th and has seen action in four games contributing two assists. Providing he continues playing well defensively, he should see his TOI increase, opening the door for more offensive opportunities. Tony Carr


August 2018 – Forsling has undergone surgery to his right wrist and is expected to take up to 14 weeks in rehab. Once healthy, expect him to start his season in Rockford, at least until he gets back into game shape. Tony Carr

December 2017- Forsling is playing the best hockey of his young career right now. There is a noticeable difference in his confidence level on the ice, no longer tentative looking in his own end, pinching on the offensive side at the right times and being counted on late in games and in overtime. Tony Carr

September 2017 – Forsling is not guaranteed a spot with the Blackhawks but does have the inside track. He will need to improve his play in his own end if he wants to return to the NHL but certainly has all the tools to do so. Expectations will be high. Tony Carr

January 2017 – Forsling was sent to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. While he showed flashes of his ability to be a competent NHL defenceman in his first stint with the Blackhawks, it was his inconsistent play that earned him the trip to Rockford. This is fairly typical within the Hawks organization, especially with young defencemen. It’s now up to Forsling to play his way back to the NHL. Tony Carr

November 2016 – Forsling has settled in nicely with the Blackhawks, seeing action on the second powerplay unit most nights. Still adapting to the speed of the NHL, the most encouraging stat of his young career is his positive plus/minus. Tony Carr

January 2016 – Forsling tallied two goals and an assist in six games for Team Sweden at the recently completed WJHC. He played a big role throughout the tournament for the fourth-place finishers and was a cog on the powerplay. He has returned to the SHL where he continues to impress in his second season with Linkopings, leading the team with a +/- rating of +16. Forsling will be 20 years-old when September rolls around and should have a shot at making the cracking the 2016 Blackhawks lineup. Matt Donohue

July 2015 – 2014-15 was a bit of a whirlwind season for Forsling. He played in the SHL as an 18 year-old, flashed in the World Juniors, had his NHL rights traded to Chicago, then suffered a season-ending wrist injury.  As a result, he was unable to fully participate in the Blackhawks’ prospect camp this summer. It will be interesting to see how Forsling rebounds in his sophomore year with Linkoping. Looking ahead, he will remain overseas for the foreseeable future, and will get a chance to shine at this year’s World Juniors as a 19 year-old. Matt Donohue

January 2015 – Forsling has been traded to the Blackhawks for Adam Clendening. He is joining a Chicago system that is deep on defense, but Forsling is far enough away that it it impossible to say whether it will effect him. Forsling led all WJC defensemen in scoring, and was excellent on the powerplay. That being said, he has issues on the defensive side of his game and has seen his SHL ice time decline consistently since returning from the WJC. He has a lot more uncertainty than the older rearguard he was traded for, but the upside is tantalizing. It is likely that he will stay in the SHL for another year, unless the Hawks think he will have issues translating his game to the smaller ice. Still at least two or three years away from being a full-time NHL defender. Austin Wallace

December 2014 – Forsling has made a name for himself halfway through the World Junior Championships with his offensive play. A two goal performance in a big game against the Russians on December 29th really got his name out there for those who were not already aware of the crafty d-man.

The Canucks took a chance on the undersized Forsling in the fifth round (126th overall) in 2014, after gambling on the super-sized Nikita Tryamkin in the third round (66th). It’s a smart move by the Canucks brass, rolling the dice on two risky picks who play complete opposite styles. They’re banking on one panning out, and will rejoice if they both do.

At the moment, the fifth rounder is definitely the one to own. He was dynamite in pre-tournament play and has only cemented that opinion with four points (2 G – 2 A – plus-2) in three games so far.Playing for his hometown Linkopings HC of the Swedish Hockey League, the 18-year-old has five points in 29 games  (29-3-2-5-8 pims-plus-3) this season. He will continue to grow and get stronger, while earning a bigger role and playing bigger minutes against men before competing for a spot in the NHL.

Forsling is a great skater who is extremely agile. His excellent puck control and above average hockey sense allow him to move the puck up ice. He has a keen sense of timing and his quick feet and good positioning allow him to be an effective defender. As he gets stronger he will only get better in his own zone.  He already shows very advanced technical skills (probably from playing in a mens league) with no wasted movement and attention to detail. It is obvious he is dedicated to his craft and a very focused athlete.

His best work is done with the man-advantage. A natural powerplay quarterback, the young Swede sets everything up with his crisp passing and leadership from the blueline. Like a real QB, Forsling leads his teammates into openings and capitalizes on any holes in the defense. His shot is very accurate and often beats goalies with his placement and timing, rather than a booming clapper. Mike Barrett

Fantasy Upside 5.7
NHL Certainty 8.5
Country SWE
Position D
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 12, 1996
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 5; Overall: 126


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 ÖstergötlandTV-Pucken8 0 11 0|        
  Linköping HC U16U16 SM3 0 00 0|        
 2011-2012 ÖstergötlandTV-Pucken8 0 33 6|        
  Linköping HC U16U16 Region12 1 910 4|        
  Linköping HC U16U16 SM4 0 33 0|        
  Linköping HC J18J18 Region9 3 03 0|        
  Linköping HC J18J18 Nationell18 2 35 10|Playoffs3 0 11
  Sweden U16 (all)International-Jr3 0 00 0|        
 2012-2013 Linköping HC J18J18 Region14 2 68 10|        
  Linköping HC J18J18 Nationell17 5 27 10|Playoffs2 0 00
  Linköping HC J20J20 Nationell14 0 11 8|Playoffs1 0 00
  Sweden U17WHC-176 0 22 2|        
  Sweden U17 (all)International-Jr17 4 913 12|        
 2013-2014 Sweden U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup4 0 00 6|        
  Linköping HC J18J18 Region2 1 23 0|        
  Linköping HC J18J18 Nationell3 2 13 2|Playoffs5 1 01
  Linköping HC J20J20 Nationell44 6 1218 36|Playoffs2 1 34
  Sweden U18WJC-187 4 15 2|        
  Sweden U18 (all)International-Jr16 5 49 8|        
 2014-2015 Linköping HCSHL38 3 36 8|        
  Linköping HCChampions HL7 1 45 0|        
  Sweden U20WJC-207 3 58 0|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr15 6 814 2|        
 2015-2016 Linköping HCSHL48 6 1521 4|Playoffs6 1 23
  Linköping HCChampions HL5 2 35 4|        
  Sweden U20WJC-206 2 13 0|        
  Sweden U20 (all)International-Jr15 3 14 0|        
  SwedenEHT2 0 11 2|        
  Sweden (all)International10 1 45 2|        
 2016-2017 Chicago BlackhawksNHL38 2 35 4|        
  Linköping HCChampions HL4 0 33 2|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL30 1 78 12|        
 2017-2018 Chicago BlackhawksNHL41 3 1013 8|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL18 2 35 6|Playoffs13 1 45
 2018-2019 Chicago BlackhawksNHL43 3 69 30|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL5 0 22 2|        
 2019-2020 Charlotte CheckersAHL57 8 1826 30|        
 2020-2021 Florida PanthersNHL43 5 1217 8|Playoffs6 1 12
 2021-2022 Florida PanthersNHL71 10 2737 18|Playoffs10 0 33
 2022-2023 Florida PanthersNHL82 13 2841 40|Playoffs21 2 68 10 
 2023-2024 Florida PanthersNHL25 2 57 16|