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Forsberg impresses in debut week with Preds

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The Nashville Predators struggled in many offensive categories this season, so that was a big reason the team traded for rookie Filip Forsberg.

Team management decided earlier this week it was time for the 18-year-old to make his NHL debut, so he suited up against the Detroit Red Wings after a whirlwind week.

"Mostly stressful, but it was a lot of fun, too," Forsberg said. "It's been a good week."

His new teammates know not many people can make their debut in the toughest hockey league in the world at such a young age.

"I know I wasn't ready. I wasn't big enough. I wasn't strong enough," said Preds captain Shea Weber.

"I, myself, know I wasn't close to being ready - not only physically but mentally and emotionally. I don't think I was ready for that," said Preds defenseman Hal Gill.

But the Preds believe Forsberg is ready. He was one of Sweden's top junior players and a first-round draft pick with a mature body.

"He's big - I mean, he's 18 years old and he's a load. You can see his skills set. He shoots the puck really hard," said head coach Barry Trotz.

Forsberg handled his nerves well in his first week on the ice in the NHL and is already looking ahead to next season.

"We have a lot of great players, and hopefully we can have some great success," Forsberg said.

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