Gustav Forsling

Gustav Forsling

27-Year-Old DefensemanD
Florida Panthers
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour got most of the hype in 2022-23, but Forsling was also excellent with a career year of 13 goals, 28 assists, 209 shots on goal and 106 blocked shots over 82 games. The defenseman will have a chance to play an even larger role early in 2023-24, as both Ekblad and Montour will likely miss time with shoulder injuries sustained during the Panthers' playoff run. That means Forsling could get time as a power-play quarterback and on the top pairing, making him an attractive sleeper pick going into the campaign, and one that fantasy managers can flip if he starts the year hot. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $8 million contract with the Panthers in July of 2021.
Nets winner in OT
DFlorida Panthers
February 24, 2024
Forsling netted the game-winning goal in overtime Saturday in a 3-2 victory over Washington.
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Forsling, who shook off an undisclosed injury from Thursday, scored on a slap shot from the right face-off circle off a pass from Sam Bennett, who started the play by stealing the puck in the Florida zone. Forsling has six points, including two goals, and seven shots over his last six contests. He's the Panthers' top scorer from the blue line, providing 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 57 outings. The defenseman also possesses an NHL-best plus-40 rating. Forsling appears poised to hit the 40-point mark for the second straight year.
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2023–24 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:47
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:35
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    3:14
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2021–22
21:13
0:11
2:28
2022–23
23:26
1:20
2:58
2023–24
21:47
0:35
3:14
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Forsling finally established himself as a full-time NHL regular a season ago, playing in 71 of Florida's 82 regular season games. He emerged as a key player for Florida, managing 10 goals and 37 points despite the fact he didn't post a single point with the man advantage the entire year. Forsling's 145 shots on goal and 21:13 average time on ice were also both new high-water marks. All that said, Forsling isn't a player to target in fantasy leagues this fall. His lack of power play time combined with his poor hit/block totals mean you can do better to fill out the defensive depth on your roster.
Forsling never found his footing over the course of three seasons with the Blackhawks, but a move to Florida and a permanent role on one of the NHL's best teams has rejuvenated him. Forsling played in every game for the Panthers from March 4 onward, including all of the club's postseason contests. His production was minimal, but Forsling did set career highs in goals (five), assists (12), points (17), plus-minus rating (plus-17), shots on goal (94) and average time on ice (19:57). Florida rewarded Forsling with a three-year, $8 million contract this past summer, which should ensure he'll be a regular for the club for years to come, albeit in a role that isn't exactly conducive to fantasy value.
Forsling was unable to carve out a regular role with the Blackhawks during his three seasons with the organization, totaling eight goals and 27 points in 122 appearances. He'll get a fresh start in Carolina in 2019-20, but will likely once again be splitting time between the AHL and NHL, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to have him on their radar.
Forsling took a big step forward in his development last season, setting career highs in goals (three), points (13), shots on goal (82) and average ice time (19:09) in 41 appearances with the Blackhawks. The Swedish blueliner was fully expected to compete for a spot on the Opening Night roster during training camp, but that will no longer be a possibility, as he was surprisingly forced to undergo wrist surgery in late July which is expected to keep him sidelined until mid-November. Fantasy owners looking for defensive help as the season progresses should keep an eye on Forsling's recovery, but he won't be worth a draft pick in most formats.
Forsling was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Canucks on Jan. 29, 2015. He was a fifth-round selection (126th overall) by Vancouver in the 2014 NHL Draft. He played the 2014-15 season in the Swedish Hockey League.
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Good to go Saturday
DFlorida Panthers
February 24, 2024
Forsling (undisclosed) will be available to play versus Washington on Saturday, according to Steve Goldstein of Bally Sports Florida.
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Exits Thursday's game
DFlorida Panthers
Undisclosed
February 22, 2024
Forsling won't complete Thursday's game because of an undisclosed injury.
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Dishes two helpers Thursday
DFlorida Panthers
February 16, 2024
Forsling picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Sabres.
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Two helpers in Wednesday's win
DFlorida Panthers
January 25, 2024
Forsling picked up two assists in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Coyotes.
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Set to play Wednesday
DFlorida Panthers
January 24, 2024
Forsling (personal) is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday versus Arizona.
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