NHL Rookie Watch: Jakob Silfverberg – Ottawa Senators

NHL Rookie Watch: Jakob Silfverberg – Ottawa Senators

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Date of birth: 10/13/1991
Pos: RW
Age: 21
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 194
Shoots: Right
Drafted: 2nd round, 39th overall in 2009 by Ottawa


Another big-named Swedish talent in the Ottawa organization, Jakob Silfverberg, made the jump from Europe to North America after a wildly-impressive SEL campaign — one that saw him break Daniel Alfredsson’s playoff goal-scoring record in the process.

Silfverberg, known more for a lightning-quick release and raw goal-scoring capabilities, has had mixed-success in his rookie season. Ottawa’s been in extremely tough courtesy a half-dozen key injuries, and the mixing-and-matching has taken a severe toll in the goal-scoring department. Silfverberg, often with changing linemates and promoted by default into a first-line role, has not reached the point-production he or the organization would’ve liked to see at this point in the year. His six points in twenty-three games pale in comparison to Zibanejad, and considering he’s doing it with (a) more offensive zone starts; and (b) against weaker competition; in (c) more games-played and more ice-time per, it’s safe to say he’s been the less impressive of the two so far.

Silfverberg may benefit demonstrably from the return of a few key players to health — Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza, and Erik Karlsson will almost certainly aid the point-scoring process. It’s tough to say how the organization currently evaluates their other Swedish forward prospect, but it’s safe to push him out of the Calder Trophy discussion for now.


The Good: This season’s SEL MVP is a pretty well-rounded player. Silfverberg has above-average hockey sense at both ends to go along with solid puck skills and skating ability. He has the ability to make plays with the puck and also has a pretty desirable power element to his game in terms of protecting the puck in the cycle and crashing the high percentage areas with regularity. Silfverberg also has a bullet shot that is arguably high-end. He’s NHL-ready and could climb Ottawa’s depth chart quickly.

The Bad: Silfverberg is not an overly creative offensive player, and while he does have skill, scouts describe him as more of a “north-south” player than one who the offense will flow through.

Projection: He could be an above-average second line winger.


The 2009 2nd round draft pick spent four full seasons with Brynas of the Swedish Elite league, honing his dynamic yet raw tools and blossoming into an offensive stud before finally making his way to North America this season, 4.5 years later. It took the speedy winger a couple seasons to really find his stride, as Jakob discovered an impressive scoring touch in 2010, notching 42 goals and 46 assists over his final two years in Sweden. Unlike fellow Swede in the same organization, Mika Zibanejad, Silfverberg has made an immediate impact in North America, leading Binghamton in scoring during the lockout in his first ever extended string of games overseas. The somewhat older European upper echelon prospect has a laser release, although his accuracy still needs to be refined. Jakob’s rapid transition to the smaller ice surface bodes well for an accelerated development.

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VIDEO: Jakob Silfverberg 1st NHL goal 1/21/13