COLUMBUS, Ohio — Filip Forsberg’s driveway has become crowded in the past two weeks. Earlier this month, the Nashville Predators rookie bought a brand new Jaguar. On Friday, he and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers were the final two picks of the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft and awarded 2015 Honda Accords.
So does Forsberg plan on keeping his new, less expensive ride?
“I don't know,” he said. “I've got to talk to my family if they want a new car. You never have too many cars, I guess. We'll see what happens.”
The NHL added a twist to the end of the All-Star Fantasy Draft this year, allowing for a fan vote to decide who would end up being the final pick. Nugent-Hopkins won, giving Forsberg the honor, but the new ending saw both earn cars.
The night played out like Nugent-Hopkins had feared, but worked out in the end.
“The pick that I didn’t want to go was second-to-last because then you wait the whole time and then you don’t get the car,” he said, “so that was a nice little surprise there.”
Nugent-Hopkins said his brother had already laid claim to the car prior to the draft. “He had no faith in me either."
Forsberg, meanwhile, was originally scheduled to participate in the Skills Competition only. But after Evgeni Malkin pulled out due to injury, the Predators forward was bumped up to join the rest of the All-Stars in Sunday's game. His short time in Columbus has turned into a very memorable experience.
“Just really happy to be here," Forsberg said. "I got a car out of it. It's not too bad either.”
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