The end of the 2019-20 Ducks season was made official when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan on May 26. Anaheim concluded the season with a 29-33-9 record and 67 points, having played 71 games until the regular season was paused March 12 and eventually deemed completed May 26 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over this offseason we're featuring a different Ducks player in numerical order in our annual player review series highlighting key stats and moments from the past season. You can find published pieces and a full schedule on this landing page.
Jakob Silfverberg is one of those players you'll see in every situation. The ever-present and ultra-reliable right wing is a force during even-strength situations, a pest (in the best way) on the penalty kill and a setup guy on the power play. His role on this team hasn't changed all that much in the seven seasons he's been here. Simply put, Silfverberg is the kind of guy you want on your team.
The 30-year-old Gavle, Sweden native finished the 2019-20 season with 39 points (21g/18a) in 66 games. He ranked second among team leaders in goals, power-play goals (4) and even-strength goals (15), and tied for second in shorthanded markers (2). Silfverberg potted two goals in the third-to-last game of the season (March 8 vs. Minnesota) that pushed his total to 20, marking his fourth career 20-goal campaign.
He showcased his quick-release shot multiple times, including this one in a game on Feb. 9 at Buffalo. It's also one of the cleanest breakouts you'll see.
Video: ANA@BUF: Silfverberg scores from slot in transition
And if you give him time and space in the slot, he'll make you pay, as he did here against Minnesota on March 8.
Video: MIN@ANA: Silfverberg wires wrist shot in from circle
Also known for his work in the shootout, Silfverberg sealed victories for the Ducks on two separate occasions. But instead of going with his patented forehand snipe, he opted for a backhander both times.
First, his game-deciding goal (the 20th shootout goal of his career) on New York's Henrik Lundqvist that capped off a thrilling comeback victory for the Ducks on Dec. 14 at Honda Center.
Video: NYR@ANA: Silfverberg beats Lundqvist to win SO
Less than a week later, Silfverberg went with the same move to give the Ducks a dramatic 6-5 shootout victory over the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum. The game was tied five different times and featured three power-play play goals and one shorthanded marker.
Video: ANA@NYI: Silfverberg lifts backhander for SO win
The month of November saw Silfverberg tie Ryan Getzlaf (14) for fourth place on the franchise's all-time shorthanded points list with his second shorthanded goal of the season in a 2-1 overtime victory on Nov. 1 vs. Vancouver. Then, in a game on Nov. 25 vs. the Islanders, Silfverberg passed Steve Rucchin (1,150) for fifth on the franchise's all-time shots list.
He also scored the game-winning goal on Oct. 18 vs. Carolina to tie Andrew Cogliano (17) for seventh on the club's all-time GWG list in his 500th career NHL game. His 500th game as a Duck came on Feb. 21 vs. Colorado.
Silfverberg earned a well-deserved All-Star selection when the NHL named him to the Pacific Division roster for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Dec. 30. It marked Silfverberg's first career All-Star selection, but with the expected birth of his second child around the same time as the All-Star Game, Silfverberg withdrew.
"It's an amazing honor to be selected for the All-Star Game, and I'm very grateful to have been named," said Silfverberg. "The timing is such that my wife and I are expecting our second child in late January, and I feel it's most important to be with my family at that time. Thank you to the NHL and the Ducks organization for their support and understanding."
Right on schedule, the Silfverbergs welcomed daughter Flora into the world on Jan. 27.
There's a lot more to Silfverberg's game than just his work on the ice. Over the years he's become a leader inside the locker room and is often praised for his professionalism and dedication to his craft.
"He's just been a great, great leader here," Ducks head coach Eakins said earlier in the year. "He's really stepped that up this year. He's been incredible with all of our players here, young and our vets. He certainly leads by example every day in practice and every day in the weight room. Extremely smart. Extremely conscious of others. He's a very mindful guy. He has enough skill, but for me, it's his will every day. Whether it's his will to work in practice, his will to work in games or his will to have a positive effect and influence on others for their behalf, not his own."