Jakob Silfverberg’s big post-season has paid off handsomely, as the right winger inked a four-year, $15 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks announced Silfverberg’s signing Thursday afternoon and with the young winger locked up to a new deal — one which carries a cap hit of $3.75 million — Anaheim has more than $12 million in available cap space for the upcoming season.
Silfverberg, 24, didn’t necessarily have a breakout regular season. He scored 13 goals and 39 points in 2014-15, which was only a slightly better scoring pace than 2013-14. It’s not just his scoring that makes Silfverberg a quality asset for Anaheim, though.
Of all Ducks players to skate at least 500 minutes at 5-on-5 this past season, Silfverberg took the third fewest starts in the offensive zone. Even still, the Swedish winger had the ninth best puck possession rate, owning a shot attempts for percentage of 51.5 percent. That’s better than the marks of Corey Perry and Ryan Kesler. Silfverberg isn’t likely to outscore either Perry or Kesler, but that he’s been able to demonstrate puck possession ability is promising for the Ducks.
However, it was his play in the playoffs that made Silfverberg’s year.
In the post-season, Silfverberg was a two-way dynamo, showing skill on the defensive side of the puck while knocking home four goals and 18 points in 16 playoff games. And, after skating little more than 15:39 per game in the regular season, Silfverberg averaged more than 19 minutes per outing in the post season.
Alongside center Kesler, Silfverberg and created a dynamite second line for the Ducks. When the pairing of Perry and Ryan Getzlaf were shutdown, it was Kesler and Silfverberg who stepped up to propel the Ducks to victory. And Silfverberg only got better as the post-season went along.
In the opening round sweep of the Winnipeg Jets, Silfverberg managed two goals and six points, which was followed by one goal and five points in the second round against the Calgary Flames. But in the seven-game, Western Conference final series against the Blackhawks, Silfverberg scored one goal and seven points, including a four-game point streak to end the series.
The hope for the Ducks is that Silfverberg’s post-season play is foreshadowing for what could be a breakout season in 2015-16 and beyond. If his play keeps progressing, Silfverberg’s $3.75 million cap hit is going to look like a steal by the time the deal ends in 2018-19.