Silfverberg on his way here

- April 20th, 2012

BRUCE GARRIOCH
Ottawa Sun
Jakob Silfverberg is en route to North America.
After winning the Swedish championship with Brynas Thursday, the Senators top prospect will pass up on a chance to play for the country at the world championships and will join Ottawa next week.
Swedish coach Par Marts said Silfverberg will join the Senators immediately. He will fly to Ottawa Sunday and it’s conceivable he could available if there is a Game 7 Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Silfverberg, 21, was the captain after Bryan after former Senators winger Andreas Dackell was forced to retire because of a knee injury. The youngster was the Swedish league’s MVP with 54 points in 40 games.
Thursday he was named the MVP of the playoffs. He would be eligible to play in the NHL playoffs because he is under contract to the Senators. That decision could depend on how long captain Daniel Alfredsson is out.

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5 comments

  1. Mike8888 says:

    That’s great that Silferberg has chosen to join the Sen’s instead of playing in the World Championships. It seems another year in the SEL benefited him big time. Especially for confidence. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.

  2. OD99 says:

    He also broke Alfie’s league record for goals in a playoff year by scoring his 13th in the clincher (20 points in 17 games). It should be noted that Alfie had the record since 2005 when he played back home in the lockout year…he was already a well established NHL star.

    Watching some of the highlights you can get a real appreciation for the Silfver Surfers shot…it is lightning (Stamkos anyone?) quick and deadly accurate…I have to believe he is going to be a star here with the speed and shot he has and even the great Peter Forsberg has said he believes he will be an amazing NHL player. That said, I don’t see him being thrown to the wolves but I can certainly see him getting some practice time and then being inserted during the second round.

    So game 4 made up for me having to miss game 3…what a total team effort and reinforces my belief that so far this series the Sens have been the better team. King Henrik was very good again but nobody was going to stop that super snipe from Turris…that was just a sick, dirty shot.

    Konopka is playing fantastic, the D have stepped up their games and we are winning despite not getting much production from our star players. I would have thought Spezza and Michalek would have had more of an impact by now but I also believed and still believe that the Sens have some of the best bottom 6 forwards going, certainly more well rounded than the NYR bottom 6.

    Love what I am seeing and fully expect to be in the stands watching the Sens close out the Rangers on Monday night.

    GO SENS GO!!!!

    Oh ya, and the crowd has been electric…I almost got shivers during the TV time-out when not a soul sat down and everyone cheered their lungs out…GO Sens GO ringing through the concourse at the 2nd intermission and then the energy after Turris scored…awesome.

  3. Bobby Goodman says:

    I think it is great that the kid is coming to Ottawa and he most certainly had an outstanding year, I just hope fans don’t put unrealistic expectations on him. I remember T’Guy after his brilliant career with the Ramparts and how disappointed the fickle fans at the Forum were for a couple of years. Even after he scored 50 goals his first time I recall his wife responding to a the question “how do you feel about his great year”, she said she was worried because the expectations would be that much greater. The SEL is much different than the NHL.

    Maclean will be the best to guage Silfverberg’s ability to make a contribution in the ’12 playoffs, but would it be a stretch to suggest he couldn’t do more than Butler? I do not understand that he might play only if Alredsson doesn’t.

  4. Dennis_w says:

    OD,

    I share your enthusiasm about Silverberg, but I think it’s very important not to raise expectations. He’s still very young and will need to adjust and make mistakes.

    There are certain negative people that are just waiting to pounce on him (I can just see Visitor drafting some posts already if he doesn’t do anything right away). Nobody eats the young like theses guys.

    But I do think they should put him, Stone, Hoffman, Petersson or any other top prospect in right away and let them get playoff experience. In the big picture this is still the first year of the rebuild. I hope they’re still thinking longterm.

  5. OD99 says:

    You are right Dennis and I am not going to expect anything right away.

    There have only been a handful of players come over from the SEL and be a force right away. I do however believe he has the skill set to be a very productive player in the NHL and the fact he has some size on his side is a big plus as well. I was absolutely shocked that Stone got in the game last night but what a hunch it was! He looked nervous on his first shift but then what a pass to Spezza!

    Looking forward to tomorrow night and finishing them off…

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