Panthers right wing Scottie Upshall seems to have it all. He's GQ-handsome wealthy and plays a professional sport he's been in love with since he was toddler in Fort McMurray Alberta.

Yet after two frustrating seasons with the Panthers in which he has been hampered by a series of injuries Upshall's smiles have been few and as far between as his goals. But just like baseball's spring training NHL training camp is a time for clean slates and fresh starts.

So far a healthy Upshall has shown signs of reverting to his form in Phoenix where he scored 18 goals in 2009-10 and 22 more for the Coyotes and Blue Jackets in 2010-11. He has scored three goals in his first two preseason games including the tying goal in Wednesdays' 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in American Airlines Center.

Those back-to-back seasons earned Upshall a four-year $16 million contract from Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon in the summer of 2011 a deal that so far has not paid dividends.

"A goal's a goal'' smiled Upshall knowing that goals only start counting for real on Oct. 3. "The body is finally getting over the hump and bumps and bruises. It's a rough game.