On Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, the Anaheim Ducks announced the team has come to terms on a new one-year deal with winger Jakob Silfverberg. In a July 2013 trade with Ottawa, Silfverberg ( along with forward Stefan Noesen, and a 1st Rd Draft pick in 2014), came to the team last season, in exchange for forward Bobby Ryan. Silfverberg scored 10 goals in 52 games as a member of the Ducks last season, while Ryan scored 23 goals in 70 games with Ottawa. Neither player really lived up to expectations. Silfverberg spent much of the season nursing a hand injury, and never really found a rhythm with his new team. Ryan struggled a bit in Ottawa, and failed to reach the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his five full NHL seasons played. Ottawa failed to qualify for the playoffs.
Silfverberg started off quickly last season, scoring 4 goals in his first four games played. He followed that up with only 6 goals in his next 48 games. Will the real Jakob Silfverberg please stand up ? In the end, this may work out well for the Anaheim team. Due to Silfverberg's poor production last season, they were able to sign him at a bargain price. As for Silfverberg himself, he is slated to become a restricted free agent next summer; now is the time to show whatever upside he may have. Still young, at only 23-years old, a productive season could provide the foundation for a lucrative multi-year deal next offseason.
Looking at the Ducks' roster, there is definitely a spot for a productive Silfverberg. He could possibly fit on the second line, with newly acquired Ryan Kesler and Dany Heatley. There would be a possibility of him playing on a third line with Andrew Cogliano, but Silfverberg seems to have the makeup of a top-six type forward. He is not a grinder, so it is pretty much, start scoring or start packing.
A native of Gavle, Sweden, Silfverberg was originally selected by Ottawa in the second round (39th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In the 2014 Olympics he was a part of Team Sweden which won the sliver medal. On six separate occasions, he has represented his native Sweden in international play. His team won Bronze at the 2010 World Junior Championships. In 2011-12, at the age of 21, he was named both regular season, and playoff MVP, after leading Brynas to the Swedish Elite League Championship. He scored a league record 13 goals in 16 playoff games.