Former ‘Hawks D-Man on a Roll

Published April 8, 2022 at 3:30 PM

Gustav Forsling was once a promising prospect in the Blackhawks' system. He even suited up for 122 games in the NHL for Chicago before he wore out his welcome. He was unceremoniously shipped to Carolina in the Calvin de Haan's trade. The Florida Panthers later claimed him off waivers from the Hurricanes.

It appeared as though the defender may never live up to his potential.

Until now, perhaps. Forsling has had somewhat of a streaky season with the Panthers this season, but he appears to have stepped up his game since Florida's top blueliner, Aaron Ekblad, has been out of the lineup with injury.

Last time the Blackhawks saw Forsling was on March 31, when he had a goal and an assist against his former club to kick off a three-game points streak. Two days later, he scored twice against New Jersey, including the overtime game-winner.

Even without Forsling's recent scoring surge, this is by far his best offensive season in the NHL to date. His five goals match the career high he set last season, but in terms of points, he's already 13 clear of his previous personal best.

Looks like we may be looking at another mistake by Stan Bowman and young defender the Blackhawks could surely use.
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