Preds think Filip Forsberg has elite offensive potential


The Nashville Predators invested quite a bit in the forward position in free agency, yet most – if not all – of their acquisitions fit the team’s blueprint of two-way players.

Ultimately, it seems as if the franchise will count on young scorers to fill the net, then.

Assuming he makes the Predators roster as a full-time player after appearing in five games last season, Filip Forsberg could be a big part of that picture, as reports.

The Predators gushed about the 18-year-old’s potential following his debut in April.

“He’s both a goal scorer and he’s a disher,” Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton told USA Today. “He’s an all-around player that has possibly elite offensive talent, so I would not descriptively say he does one or the other better. I would say he does both equally as well, so when you really look at it, we have a complete player here.”

It remains to be seen if he’ll stick with the team full-time in 2013-14, although it sounds likely being that he was dropped from Sweden’s World Junior Championships roster on Friday.

Avs unveil new third jerseys

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The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

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Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith