The much-rumored Peter Forsberg trade finally happened, and his fantasy owners couldn't be happier. On Thursday night, the Philadelphia Flyers, the NHL's worst team with 10 fewer points than any other, traded him to the Nashville Predators, the league's second-best team and Western Conference leader. In the process, he leaves the league's sixth-worst offense (2.60 goals per game) and joins the fourth-best (3.31).
In Nashville, Forsberg provides valuable center depth to a team stronger on the wings, and he'll help boost the power play, one of the team's weaker areas. The Predators currently rank 23rd in the league (16.3 percent, 51-of-313), and in Forsberg, they get a player with 70 goals and 312 points on the power play in 682 career games; that's 36.4 percent of his career point total notched in those situations.
Don't take Forsberg's first two games as a member of the Predators as a sign his fantasy value isn't on the rise. He went scoreless on six shots with a minus-1 rating combined, though much of that was a result of a need to develop chemistry with his new linemates. He's centering the first line between Paul Kariya (59 points in 61 games) and Martin Erat (50 points in 58 games), quite an assignment, and one that could lead to a huge boost in production for all three players once they fully click.