Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson-Center, Boston University Terriers
“JFK,” as he shall henceforth be known (especially in Boston), continues to impress. Like his BU teammate Charlie McAvoy, a similarly flattering comparison has been bestowed upon the Swede: That of Boston’s own Patrice Bergeron.
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“Two-way game” is the first thing you’ll hear any scout say about JFK. It’s quite unusual for a player his age (20 years old) to already be so complete defensively. In addition to his impressive defensive acumen, the BU sophomore has been red-hot offensively of late. With seven of his teammates playing in the WJC, JFK stepped out from their shadows to notch a hat trick, leading the Terriers to victory. With his teammates back for Sunday’s “Frozen Fenway” affair, the slick center notched two more goals; at one point Forsbacka-Karlsson had scored four consecutive goals for BU.
His recent offensive explosion now has him at 20 points through 19 games, while playing some of the most complete hockey you’ll see from a collegian. Bruins fans have every right to get more and more excited about this kid. It’s highly likely he winds up centering Boston’s fourth (and perhaps even third) line next season, though he’s capable of much more in due time.