Nashville Predators rookie Filip Forsberg has been named to the NHL All-Star Game as an injury replacement.
With Evgeni Malkin unable to participate, Forsberg, who was slated to participate in the rookie portion of the fantasy draft and the skills competition on Saturday, will take the Penguins center’s spot.
Forsberg is the lone rookie named to the game.
He is tied for the Preds lead with 15 goals and leads the team with 40 points. The 20-year-old also leads all rookies in assists (25) and points.
Forsberg becomes the second injury replacement announced Thursday.
Earlier in the day the league announced St. Louis Blues’ goaltender Brian Elliott would replace Sergei Bobrovsky (lower body).
Malkin has been sidelined by a lower body injury and missed the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday due to the injury.
According to a report from ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers, the NHL All-Star Game might be coming to the Windy City.
“[The Blackhawks] expressed interest in another All-Star Game, and the draft too, but more the All-Star Game,” league commissioner Bettman said Thursday. “We don’t generally go that far out [in scheduling], but [Chicago is] on the radar screen.”
This would be a big get for Chicago, which hasn’t hosted an NHL All-Star Game since 1991 at the old Chicago Stadium. Three Blackhawks (Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane) were selected to participate in the 2012 ASG in Ottawa and four made it the year before (Toews, Kane, Duncan Keith, Patrick Sharp), so it’s understandable that Chicago wants to land the game.
That said, it’s not like Chicago has been bereft of marquee events lately. The 2009 Bridgestone Winter Classic was held at Wrigley Field and three of the six 2010 Stanley Cup finals games were played at the United Center.
There is no formal date for announcing where the next All-Star Game will be played, though Bettman did announce Columbus was getting the 2013 event while in Ottawa for ASG weekend.
Picture, if you will, an All-Star Game in the future that sees as many country music stars in the crowd as there are NHL stars on the ice.
That’s just what the folks in Nashville are hoping for after the Nashville Predators extended their naming rights to the Bridgestone Arena with Bridgestone Tires. With Bridgestone being one of the biggest NHL sponsors, getting a perk like hosting the league’s annual gathering of stars is something the Predators and Bridgestone are hoping will happen as Andy Humbles of The Tennessean shares.
“We’re going to do what we can to bring an all-star game here,” said Gary Garfield, chief executive officer of Bridgestone Americas.
Nashville has never hosted the All-Star Game and the biggest hockey event that’s taken place there would be the Predators reaching the second round of the playoffs last season. Nashville also hosted the NHL Draft in 2003.