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Silfverberg getting closer

Monday, 03.4.2013 / 1:16 PM ET
By Chris Lund - / Inside the Senate Blog
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Silfverberg getting closer

The last time I spoke with Jakob Silfverberg about how his game was coming along, it was largely positive. His focus was on getting to dangerous parts of the ice to generate better scoring opportunities.

It has been a couple of weeks and the on-ice play appears to be progressing as he had hoped. Silfverberg looks much more assertive with the puck and is trying to generate as much as he can. He has recorded two or more shots in eight of the Sens last nine games and has consistently had over 20 shifts a game.

The learning curve is progressing as well as he had hoped.

"Yeah I feel like I'm getting closer and closer," said Silfverberg. "It's just a matter of getting to those sweet spots on the ice and I feel like I'm getting there in the game. I'm feeling better."

The best example may be when he scored his first shorthanded goal. It was a heads-up play to look off New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and score on the backhand after retrieving a puck deep.

At this point we all know about the wrist shot. It's quick and accurate and a little bit violent and you'd be hard pressed to find a goalie who wants to deal with it. It may seem less immortal after Evgeni Nabokov stopped it in Sunday's shootout, but it is there and it's only going to improve.

Some pointed out online that they knew Silfverberg was going to take the shot he did, especially after his recent success with the move in the 'skills competition.' In hindsight though, the shot was there, he just didn't get enough lift on it. The question now is whether or not he'll go back to the wrister next time the Sens need a shootout.

He has moves ready no matter what. It'st just a matter of what the goalie gives him.

"Yeah, I've got a couple. If the goalie comes out too far I might have to use a couple of the moves in my sleeve."

Obviously there is still a ways to go for Silfverberg's production to match his immense potential but the signs on the ice are encouraging. His key going forward is keeping his mindset in the right place.

"It's just a matter of keeping going and not being satisfied and just keeping your confidence at the right level"

For those of you who missed it, Jakob and Mika Zibanejad took a tour of Philadelphia on Friday and spent some time at the famous Rocky statue. It's well worth a watch to get a look at the Sens' wonder Swedes.




1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
3 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
4 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
5 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
6 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
7 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50


E. Karlsson 76 20 42 7 62
K. Turris 76 22 33 -2 55
M. Stone 74 19 35 13 54
B. Ryan 72 18 35 8 53
M. Hoffman 73 26 21 18 47
M. Zibanejad 74 19 24 0 43
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
C. MacArthur 56 14 14 -11 28
D. Legwand 74 9 18 2 27
A. Chiasson 70 11 15 -4 26
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02