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Q&A: New Ducks Winger Jakob Silfverberg

Friday, 07.19.2013 / 4:25 PM / News
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Q&A: New Ducks Winger Jakob Silfverberg
"I did so much last year and coming into this year I felt I would do even more. And now playing with another team and other players and another coach, it’s going to be a good experience. I’m very excited."
By Adam Brady
AnaheimDucks.com


Much of the focus on the Ducks’ prominent trade with Ottawa earlier this month has been on Bobby Ryan leaving after five seasons in Anaheim. But not enough has been on what the Ducks got back in the deal, which included – along with forward, Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick in 2014 – promising young right winger Jakob Silfverberg.

Silfverberg Highlights

The 22-year-old Silfverberg had a strong rookie campaign in Ottawa this past season, playing in all 48 games while scoring 10 goals and chipping in nine assists. Drafted by the Sens in the second round (39th overall) in 2009, Silfverberg represented his home country of Sweden five times, winning medals at the 2010 World Junior Championship (bronze) and the 2011 World Championship (silver). He was a teammate of Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth at the 2011 and 2012 Worlds.

Two seasons ago with Brynas of the Swedish Elite League, Silfverberg was named MVP for both the regular season and playoffs, scoring 24-30=54 points in 49 regular season games.

He has already been projected as a top-six forward by the guy who got him – Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Bob Murray, who called Silfverberg, “a very smart hockey player, great shot. He scores goals and can make plays, and he’s very good defensively. We really like him and have for a few years.”

Silfverberg is spending the summer in his hometown of Gävle, Sweden, where he talked about the trade and starting anew with the Ducks.

On his rookie season: "Looking back on it, I’m very happy about it and I’m satisfied. I got to play a lot of minutes, and I got to play some important minutes too. That’s when you learn, and I think it was a great experience."
First of all, how is your name pronounced? Is it like Jay-kub?
Silfverberg: It’s more like Ja-kub. It doesn’t really matter to me, but as long as people are asking, I keep saying “Ja-kub.”

[Hear him pronounce it]:

Q: How did you hear about the trade?
First of all, I had a couple of calls from the Ontario area calling me, and I didn’t have those numbers in my Swedish phone. So I didn’t pick up the calls at first, but once I realized who was calling, I started thinking. About five minutes after that, my agent called and told me about it.

What was your reaction?
I was a bit confused at first because you see it happen but you don’t really think it could happen to you. It’s a big thing. I did so much last year and coming into this year I felt I would do even more. And now playing with another team and other players and another coach, it’s going to be a good experience. I’m very excited.

How much do you know about the Ducks?
Well, I haven’t gotten to play against them since we only played the East last year. And I’ve never really seen them play because in Sweden their games come on TV too late. But I’ve seen their roster and it’s a good mix between young and older. It looks really good.

Have you ever been to California before?
[Laughs] No, I haven’t. I know it’s going to be nice, from what I’ve heard from friends who have traveled there. I talked to Viktor Fasth about it too. From what I’ve heard, it’s just an amazing place to live, so of course I’m very excited about that.

"I always try to work hard, and that’s the biggest thing about me. I never give up. I love to win. I think the strongest part of my game is I have a pretty quick and accurate and hard shot, and I try to shoot the puck a lot."
How well did you know Viktor from the national teams?
I played two World Championships with him, so I know him pretty well. I spent a lot of time with him, especially when we both played in our first World Championship. It will be good to be with someone I know.

How would you assess your rookie season in Ottawa?
Looking back on it, I’m very happy about it and I’m satisfied. I got to play a lot of minutes, and I got to play some important minutes too. That’s when you learn, and I think it was a great experience. You always want to score more goals and help the team more, and be that guy who scores game-winning goals. Other than that, I’m very satisfied and I think I learned a lot. Coming into this season, I’m very excited.

What’s your plan for the rest of the summer?
I usually just take it week by week. I’ll be in Sweden for the rest of the summer, and I’ll probably be leaving here the beginning of September for training camp.

Your father, Jan-Erik played professionally in Sweden for 11 seasons. Was he a big influence on you?
Back then it was a different game, but he’s always been a huge help for me in pushing me to work harder and that kind of stuff. He’s happy for me that it’s been going good. When I grew up, he was a big part of me continuing to work on my game and that kind of stuff.

What would you want Ducks fans to know about you and your game?
I always try to work hard, and that’s the biggest thing about me. I never give up. I love to win. I think the strongest part of my game is I have a pretty quick and accurate and hard shot, and I try to shoot the puck a lot. I love to play the power play and PK, and I’m just a hard-working, two-way forward who loves to shoot.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 

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