Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jakob Silfverberg Autographed Card

Since entering the NHL three seasons ago, Jakob Silfverberg had provided a steady half-point-per-game average while playing sound defensively and projecting the kind of skill level coaches love, with top-six capabilities and great two-way play.

The promise was realized in these past playoffs, as the former second-round pick (39th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2009) scored 4 goals and added 14 assists for 18 points in 16 postseason games playing alongside Ryan Kesler as the Anaheim Ducks reached the Conference Finals.

It remains to be seen if he'll become a playoff specialist (à la Justin Williams and Andrew Cogliano) or if he can translate it to the regular season as well, but at age 24, this could very well be his breakout season.

The key player in the trade that sent Bobby Ryan to the Sens, the slick Swede has already represented his country five times, and has three medals to show for it, two silver (2011 World Championships and 2014 Olympics) and a bronze (2010 World Juniors). He has a good decade of fine play ahead of himself to keep adding to his resume.

He's currently a restricted free agent, so I'm bound to feature him again soon enough - or during the season. I have other cards of his with the Sens, but I'd like to add a Ducks one (or two) this year, though I have yet to secure tickets to any Sens or Montréal Canadiens games for the upcoming season.

In the meantime, here he is sporting #33 with Ottawa (and thus earning a spot in my Sens Numbers Project), wearing the Senators' red (home) uniform:
It's card #504 from Panini's 2012-13 Score set (part of the Hot Rookies sub-set, thus making it his official rookie card), which he signed in blue sharpie during his first season, probably during the playoffs, as that's when I saw the most games between the Sens and Habs.

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