It’s easy to say that Anaheim Ducks fans have had a lot of stress on their minds recently. Longtime pro Bobby Ryan was traded to the Ottawa Senators, legendary Teemu Selanne has once again been rumored to retire from hockey this year and to top it all off, Sheldon Souray will miss 4-6 months due to a torn ligament on his wrist.
But fans have every reason to be ecstatic in welcoming the first-round pick in 2014, 22-year-old Jakob Silfverberg from Sweden, who previously played for the Senators.
Keep in mind that Senators fans are not happy with trading their rising star to the Ducks, and they have plenty of reasons to be disappointed. He was previously named MVP with the Brynas in the Swedish Elite League before being drafted into the Senators during the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the 39th overall draft pick. Silfverberg is now on a three-year contract with the Ducks.
And here are a couple of fun facts: he was teammates with the Ducks’ current goalie Viktor Fasthe at the 2011 and 2012 Worlds, and Silfverberg has never been to California.
Now come the fans that want the action from our newcomer, because words are just words, and trading Ryan was a just a huge mistake, Right?
Well, let the stats speak for themselves. Ryan played a total of 46 games last season, scoring 11 and assisting on 19. As a rookie to the NHL, Silfverberg already has an impressive start to his resume with 10 goals in 48 games and nine assists. As a right winger, Silfverbreg will have no trouble proving himself alongside Corey Perry and captain Ryan Getzlaf.
Having played a solid rookie period with the Senators with a decent amount of time on ice, Silfverberg may just be ready for a breakout season with the Ducks.