Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is eager to impress at the Western Conference franchise's pre-season development camp, as he looks to earn a place on Barry Trotz's roster.
The 18-year-old Swede was signed from the Washington Capitals just before the NHL Trade Deadline last season, but struggled to make a significant impact in his five appearances in 2012/13.
After making his NHL debut against the Detroit Red Wings, Forsberg managed just one assist and failed to score a single goal. However, he is determined to get his head down and start the new campaign in style.
"It's been pretty tough, you know, tough days, we're working out in the morning on the track and then we have ice, and in the afternoon we have workouts," Forsberg reflected on the first two days of camp, in an interview with NHL.com.
"It's pretty hard, but that's how it's supposed to be."
Forsberg spent the majority of last season playing for Leksands IF back in his homeland, scoring 15 goals and making 18 assists in 38 games.
His experience gained from regular action has played a vital role in his continued development, and now he wants to transmit that form when he makes a significant breakthrough in the NHL.
"I've been playing with [Leksand IF] for a couple of years now, and I think that's been a great way to develop for me," Forsberg continued. "I've been always competing and trying to get better, and to compete against much older guys is great.
"I just try to become better every day, and I think that has been successful so far. [But] I've got to get stronger and more ready to play NHL games.
"The future is looking pretty good. I just need to put the effort in and work."