The Anaheim Ducks made one of the biggest trades of the summer last week, and it was one that pretty much everyone had seen coming for quite some time. The fact that they moved Bobby Ryan shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise, but the fact that they moved him to the Ottawa Senators was a bit unexpected.
The return for Ryan what exactly what was expected, with Jakob Silfverberg providing the immediate intrigue in the package that the Ducks acquired. He got his first taste of this level last season, and fared quite well. With the Ducks, he’ll see even more of an opportunity to take the next steps forward in his career.
The production wasn’t terribly impressive in Silfverberg’s first season, with 19 points on the year, appearing in all 48 games. He was a key offensive piece of a Senators team that lacked offense overall. His presence, despite him being a rookie, was one that they definitely needed.
Silfverberg has the skill set to be a tremendous asset for this team. He’s a strong two-way forward, capable of providing some secondary scoring for a Ducks team that could use it. He’ll also provide strong play in his own end, and is extremely intelligent with the puck.
His upside is that of a potential star, but even if he doesn’t reach that, he’ll still be a terrific role player for the Ducks. He has decent size and is a player capable of playing up in the top six and contributing regularly. He’s an excellent return as the centerpiece in a Ryan deal and should be a huge asset for this Ducks team moving forward.