By: Erin Walsh
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, also known as JFK, is one of the Bruins top prospects. The 6’1, 184 pound Swede played his college hockey at Boston University with current Bruin Charlie McAvoy. While at Boston University, Forsbacka-Karlsson made a name for himself scoring 24 goals and recording 39 assists for 63 points in 78 games played. JFK was an assistant captain at BU during the 2016-17 season. JFK was highly impressive and only played two seasons at BU before moving on to play for the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
JFK was drafted 45th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins. He was born in Stockholm Sweden and has played for Sweden in the World Junior Championship as well as the International Junior’s. While in the USHL, JFK recorded 53 points in 50 games for the Omaha Lancers. After his time with Omaha was done, that’s when he moved on to play at Boston University.
The Providence Bruins season has been full of ups and downs so far, but that hasn’t stopped Forsbacka-Karlsson. In 11 games played so far, he’s scored 3 goals and recorded 4 assists for 7 points and is a +4. JFK’s biggest asset is that he’s a terrific playmaker. He’s a great two-way player who is a natural at producing offensive chances.
Here, Forsbacka-Karlsson is able to set himself up right in front of the net to score for the Providence Bruins.
A big question in all Bruins fans minds is “Will JFK play for Boston this season?” He most likely will get an opportunity to play in the NHL with all of the injuries on the current Bruins roster. Fans should not be too upset if he doesn’t get the call up though because he will benefit from playing in the AHL all season like current Bruin, Jake DeBrusk, did last season.
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson is an elite talent and will most likely get a spot on the 2018-2019 Boston Bruins roster. For now you can watch him light it up down at The Dunk in Providence, RI… you won’t be disappointed.