PITTSBURGH – Below is the transcript of the draft day interview with Filip Forsberg from last night.
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What’s your initial reaction of going to Washington?
Well, of course it’s a big honor to get to go to the Washington Capitals and to be a part of their great organization so, yeah, really looking forward to it.
What did you think when you saw your name on the board?
Well I guess it’s been a pretty busy season, with all the meetings with teams, so yeah, I’m kind of glad I’m done. This is just the start of hopefully a good career.
This would have been Colorado’s pick if they hadn’t made the trade, so maybe you’d have played with Landeskog and not Backstrom. How does that feel for you?
Well of course its glad to have some Swedes on the team. Anything can happen in NHL, whenever I can play in NHL maybe some Swedish players not there, maybe some new Swedes are there. Yeah, really looking forward to playing for the Capitals and hopefully with Nick.
How many years until you make the NHL? Will you stay in Sweden another year?
I have one year left on my contract back in Sweden, so yeah, that’s my plan for next year. Then I’m not sure, we’ll see, hopefully I can have a good season and then anything can happen.
What were your nerves like sitting there waiting to be drafted?
Well, I would lie if I say I wasn’t nervous. I was pretty nervous but I’m glad to have my family with me there. I guess they’re pretty proud of me. It was a good day for both me and also for them.
Do you know anyone on the Capitals?
You mean the players? No not really.
Have you crossed paths with any of them, like Marcus Johansson?
No. I haven’t played against any of the Swedish guys, unfortunately, but hopefully I will play with them in the coming years.
A couple scouts have compared your style to a North American game like Brendan Shanahan, do you think you play more a North American game than a European style game?
I’m a kinda big sized player, I’m try to play a bit physical and try to take the puck to the net. I guess that’s more of a North American style than a Euro style of game. Yeah a little bit. Hopefully I can bring that with me when the time is ready for me to come over.
What part of your game do you try to work on for next year?
You have to become stronger, and if I can make my skating a bit better, I think I could be an even better player. I try to work on those things. I’ve been practicing every it day, hopefully I can improve it.
How much do you know about the Capitals organization? How much have you watched any of their games in the past 2 years?
Well, I haven’t watched that much because it’s a bad TV time back in Sweden, because the games are on in the middle of the night. I will try to watch, they have some, some good seasons with some good draft picks playing good for the organization, so hopefully I can be a part of a winning team.
Any idea why you dropped out of the top 10?
It was a Dman draft this year, so, I’m very happy to be part of the Washington Capitals, yeah, I’m very excited.
Did you have any idea the Caps would draft you?
Well, I had a meeting at the combine with them, and also I have been talking a bit to their Swedish scouts [back in Sweden]. Yeah, a little bit.
Any disappointment for you in terms of where you went in the draft?
I don’t look at a disappointment at all. It’s like a dream coming true, being drafted. Hopefully I make the team in some years and I will be working hard to become a part of the Capitals organization in the coming years.
Is D.C. a place you anticipated going to?
It’s a happy moment when they called my name out.