NASHVILLE -- As a 19-year-old transitioning to his first season of playing professional hockey in North America, Filip Forsberg did not exactly have the word "easy" in his vocabulary.
In 12 games with the Nashville Predators, Forsberg, selected 11th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, tallied one goal and four assists with a minus-8 rating while averaging 11:41 in time on ice -- essentially, fourth-line minutes. He had been a healthy scratch at times and missed a month with a concussion.
But when the Nashville Predators loaned him to the Swedish national team for the World Junior Championships, the competition was not quite the same. Forsberg was named the MVP of the tournament, as well as the best forward and an All-Star selection by media members. In helping to lead Sweden to a silver medal -- the Swedes lost in overtime, 3-2, in the gold medal game to Finland -- Forsberg totaled four goals, 12 points and a plus-3 rating.
Upon rejoining the Predators on Thursday, Forsberg told coach Ba...