Rookie winger Jakob Silfverberg may have two goals and four points for the Ottawa Senators this season, but the most exciting moment of his first NHL season so far may very well be one that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. In Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Silfverberg assisted on Daniel Alfredsson’s game-tying goal in the third period, then delivered the shootout-winning goal as his quick shot beat Brodeur to the stick side.
Silfverberg hasn’t done much offensively for the Senators this season, but his time on ice has continually increased as an injury to Jason Spezza left a big hole up front. The young Swede has goals against the Florida Panthers and the Montreal Canadiens and more should be headed his way as he continues to take more shots per game. Playing alongside Kyle Turris, who leads the team with four goals and 12 points, has been good for Silfverberg so far.
During the lockout, Silfverberg made a smooth transition to the North American game as he scored 13 goals and recorded 29 points in 34 games with Ottawa’s AHL team. The Senators selected Silfverberg in the second round of the 2009 draft, the same year as defenseman Jared Cowen and goaltender Robin Lehner.
With the injuries to Spezza and defenseman Erik Karlsson, the Senators are going to need some of their younger, less experienced players to come up in a big way. Silfverberg is going to get plenty of chances to succeed, and if his early play is any indication, he may soon be one of the best players on Ottawa’s roster.