By: Drew Ericsen
The Anaheim Ducks right winger, Jakob Silfverberg, had a pretty standard Silfverberg kind of year. Below I will break down his season into three parts, and look at the impact that he had on this year’s Ducks team.
October 2015 – December 2015
One thing that Silfverberg has been known for is getting off to a slow start, and then heating up down the stretch. Due to the abysmal start of the Anaheim Ducks’ regular season, this trend for Jakob stayed the same. During the first three months of his season, Silfverberg was limited to just three goals and three assists, giving him a grand total of six points. While he is known for getting off to slow starts, this season started off particularly slow, which was quite unfortunate for a slumping Ducks team at the time. Even when the Ducks were finally able to pull out some wins in December behind the rock solid mid-season goaltending of John Gibson, Silfverberg just couldn’t seem to find his groove.
January 2016 – April 2016
While Silfverberg certainly had quite the terrible start to his 2015-2016 campaign, in January a switch went off and he put together a great performance the last four months of the season. In those months, the right winger put up a much more healthy 17 goals and 16 assists, totaling 33 points overall. Silfverberg has always been one of those players where if he all of a sudden gets hot, he will ride the hot streak for quite some time. This kind of hot streak is exactly what the winger experienced in the last half of the season, turning a pretty cruddy regular season, into one of his best.
While the Ducks playoffs efforts were cut short, he was able to maintain a good amount of production in the seven games that were played. Throughout the first round battle with Nashville, Silfverberg did not score any goals, but he was able to provide the Ducks with five assists. It would have been nice to see some more goals out of him come playoff time, however it was good to see that he was still contributing.
Despite the struggles of the Anaheim Ducks this season, Silfverberg actually had a pretty good year. He was able to tie his previous record for points in the regular season (39), which was reached by him in the 2014-2015 season. He may not have scored as much as fans were hoping in the postseason this year, but overall Jakob seems to be trending upward with each year he has spent in the NHL. I give him a B+ for this past season and playoffs.
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