The Ottawa Senators experienced a pretty large disappointment when they were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second round, but there is plenty of reason for optimism. They have plenty of young talent, both on the roster and coming up, that will make this team a tremendous threat in the future.
One player that is already on the roster and included as a part of that optimism is Jakub Silfverberg. The 2013 season was the first season of experience with the Sens for the 22-year-old, and the reviews overall were solid. He wasn’t without his rookie struggles, but turned in a strong campaign.
While his upside still has yet to be determined, Silfverberg is going to be a very good offensive player for the Senators. He finished with 19 points for a club that struggled overall to put the puck in the back of the net. He finished sixth on the team in points, while recording the second most goals on the team with 10.
Silfverberg’s plus-9 rating was actually the best on the team, while he also added a few points on the power play. He saw a bit of time shorthanded as well. This is a guy capable of contributing in a lot of different ways for the Senators, as a two-way forward with big potential.
If there was a negative, it was the consistency with his offensive output. He had a couple of stretches of four or five games where he wouldn’t put anything up on the stat sheet. He also struggled a bit in the postseason, with three of his four playoff points coming in the first three games.
The Senators may not know yet what they have in Jakob Silfverberg. He’s a solid two-way player, but has the potential to become a key offensive player for the Senators, as early as next year. Given how many different ways they used him in 2013, he should see plenty of opportunities to flash some of that big upside in 2013-14.