The Ducks have signed right wing Jakob Silfverberg
to a four-year contract through the 2018-19 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Silfverberg, 24 (10/13/90), has scored 33-48=81 points with a +26 rating and 48 penalty minutes (PIM) in 181 career NHL games with Anaheim and Ottawa. In the 2015 playoffs, he scored 4-14=18 points with a +6 rating in 16 postseason games, ranking third among postseason leaders in assists and tied for seventh in scoring. His 1.13 points-per-game average in the playoffs ranked tied for second in the NHL with Corey Perry (Ryan Getzlaf led with 1.25, min. eight games).
Silfverberg established regular season career highs in most offensive categories last season with the Ducks, including points (13-26=39), goals, assists, plus/minus (+15) and shots on net (189). He also led the league with nine shootout goals (9-for-13) and a 69.2 shootout percentage (min. five attempts) in 2014-15. Among active NHL skaters (career), Silfverberg ranks first in career shootout efficiency (min. 15 attempts) with a 60.9% conversion rate (14-of-23).
A native of Gavle, Sweden, Silfverberg was acquired from Ottawa with Stefan Noesen and a first-round selection in the 2014 NHL Draft in exchange for Bobby Ryan on July 5, 2013. Silfverberg won silver at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with Sweden, earning one assist, a +1 rating and two PIM in six games. The 6-0, 200-pound winger has represented Sweden on the international stage on several occasions, also winning medals at the 2010 World Junior Championship (bronze) and the 2011 World Championship (silver). In 2011-12, Silfverberg led Brynas to the Swedish Elite League Championship with a league-record 13 goals in 17 playoff games en route to being named MVP for both the playoffs and regular season. He was drafted by Ottawa in the second round (39th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Shortly after the announcement, Silfverberg, who is currently in Sweden, held a conference call to discuss his four-year contract.
On the time it took to get a contract finalized
My agent and I had a pretty good talk, and we said we were in no hurry. We wanted to get the right kind of contract. It might’ve taken a little longer than we wanted, but at the end of the day we got it done. Both parties are happy about the contract. I’m super excited. It might’ve taken a little longer than I expected, but that’s how it is.
No matter who you are, you always want to get it out of the way. We had good talks throughout the summer. The same thing happened last year. I signed pretty late. I knew the talks were going in the right direction, so I wasn’t nervous about not getting anything done. We were on the same page throughout the whole negotiation. I got my contract. I’m happy.
On what it means to have long-term stability in Anaheim
It means a lot. You can settle down, relax, and focus more on hockey and not on what’s going to happen next year or the year after. You focus on hockey and play as good as you can. For me, that’s going to be a big part of this contract.
On the Ducks showing interest in a long-term contract from the start
We both agreed on that pretty early, that we wanted [the contract] to be a little bit longer. I signed a one-year deal last year, and I thought coming into this situation I wanted it a little bit longer. Anaheim was on the same page. There wasn’t much talk about signing a shorter contract, so that was pretty clear from the start. I’m super happy with the contract. Anaheim is excited, too. It turned out really good.
On when he felt like Anaheim was ‘home’
It’s a great team and organization. These two years have probably been the best two years of my hockey career besides the hockey, too. It’s easy living. I like it there and so does my fiancé. That’s a good thing.
On what the playoffs did in terms of development
Every player on the team is an important player. In the playoffs, I got to play a lot more than I might’ve played in the regular season. I felt like I got the trust from Bruce [Boudreau] in different situations that I haven’t seen before. The way I played in the playoffs is the way I want to play. I wanted the puck every shift. I tried to create scoring chances. That’s how I want to play, and hopefully I’ll keep playing that way, with that confidence.