Eric Nystrom finished Saturday’s training camp scrimmage at Centennial Sportsplex with a goal and a bloody nose.

It symbolized why the Predators signed the forward this summer — to deliver hits and score on occasion.

“I think I’m a really unselfish player and will do whatever it takes to win and I hope I can bring something like that that’s contagious around the room and guys can feed off of” Nystrom said. “It’s the way I was born. I’m a real high-energy guy and I’m looking forward to helping this team any way I can.”

If Nashville spent the offseason trying to reacquire its identity as a physical team that is hard to play against Nystrom 30 embodies that style. The Syosset N.Y. native is a quick skater who doesn’t shy from contact and probably will play up and down the lineup.

Playing for the Dallas Stars last season Nystrom had 122 hits (third on the team) and seven goals. He also made an impression against the Predators with two fights and 16 total penalty minutes in three games.

“He’s going to kill some penalties and move up and down on the left side a little bit” coach Barry Trotz said. “You can see him playing with some offensive players and giving them that backbone — that guy who is going to get to the net and create some of that havoc when we’re funneling pucks there. Other times he might be in a pure checking role playing head-to-head against some top players to get them off their game.”

The Stars played a puck-pursuit system similar to the Predators’. Nystrom who was on his third NHL team thrived. It’s why the Predators believe he was worth the four-year $10 million contract they agreed to July 5.