By: Matthew Garcia
Jakob Silfverberg, much like the rest of the Anaheim Ducks squad got off to a slow start, but once he found his sea legs Silfverberg was off and scoring. Silfverberg was paired with teammates Ryan Kesler, and Andrew Cogliano and were the shutdown trio of the team once again this year. It was a career year for the 26-year-old as he would post a 23 goal campaign (his previous best came in the 2015-2016 season as he would pot 20) and 26 assists tying his best from the 2014-2015 campaign but his point total would be a career best as he posted 49 points, 10 more than the previous two seasons where he reached 39 points.
Silfverberg notched his first point of the NHL season in the season opener against the Dallas Stars on October 13, 2016, with an assist on Cogliano’s second goal of the night. However, it would be the only point that he would get in the next seven games as his next point would be his first goal of the 2016-2017 campaign against the Nashville Predators on October 26, 2016. He would not only pot one, but he would pot two goals in the game against the Predators in which Anaheim would go on to win by a final score of 6-1 and it would just be the start of the best campaign of Silfverberg’s young career.
Silfverberg would go on to notch his 21st goal (and best of his career) on March 24, 2017, as he would take a long stretch pass from defenseman Cam Fowler before potting it into an empty net to achieve a new career high in goals scored. Silfverberg would go on to score two more in the regular season as he would score his 22nd goal just six days later on March 30 against the Winnipeg Jets in what was a 4-3 OT loss for the Ducks. And finally, he would score his 23rd and career-best goal on April 2 against the Calgary Flames as he would take a short pass from Kesler before ripping it over the blocker of goaltender Brian Elliott.
Silfverberg’s career year would carry over into the post-season as he would participate in all 17 games of the ’16-’17 playoffs. Silfverberg would pot nine goals and five assists in the post-season, he would get started very early as in-game one of series one Silfverberg would step off the side boards before ripping a shot in between the body and catching glove of Elliott and into the back of the net. Silfverberg would go on to score a total of two goals in the four-game sweep of the Calgary Flames in round one. The biggest goal that Silfverberg would score of the ’16-’17 playoffs would come against the Edmonton Oilers in round 2 as he would score the OT game winner just 45 seconds into the extra period to even up the series at two games apiece heading back to Anaheim. Silfverberg would go on to score his ninth goal of the playoffs in game two of round three against the Nashville Predators in what would be a 5-3 victory to even up the series at one. With the conclusion of the 2017 playoffs, Jakob Silfverberg continues to prove that he is a valuable piece of the Anaheim roster as he will only get better as time goes on. Silfverberg will be 27 years old just shortly after the beginning of the 2017-2018 season and will look to build off a career year.
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June 28th, 2017