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Hi, I´m Tom. I´m a Swede with a true passion for hockey. I just love the game, everywere I can find it but most of all I love Brynäs. Some of you may have heard of them, it´s the SEL-team Jakob Silfverberg plays in and a team I follow on almost a daily basis. I thought you´re may be interested in a bit of update on him and his progress in Sweden.
If you follow me after the jump, I´ll try to enlighten you all.With seven games left of the regular season Brynäs is involved in a figth to end up as #1 in the league, very much thanks to Silfverberg, but lets take it from the beginning.
Jakob had a bit of a slow start att the beginning of the season, partly due to an injury that kept him off ice for a few games but some of us thougth he looked tired from the very beginning of the matches. Then something happened, the team captain and former Ottawa forward Andreas Dackell got a long term injury and Silfverberg was appointed as the new captain. From that moment Silfverberg grew as a player and as a leader.
If we look at his stats he´s the scoring leader of his team with 19 goals and 43points total, 3rd in the league but with less games playd than #1 and 2. He averages just above one point a game wich is very good in the SEL. Several experts name him as the best Swedish winger outside of the NHL at the moment.
I know that many of you would have wanted for him to not go back to Sweden for this season. Jakob gave an explanation to why he chose to do so in an interwiew recently.
"It's a big step to take," he said, "and I didn't feel mature enough to take that step. I needed this year to make sure I'm ready for it and now I'm sure. I´m ready."
To the question if he would return to Sweden next season if he got sent to the AHL he answered, "No, my goal is to play in the NHL, if Ottawa thinks I need time in the AHL to reach that goal, thats what I'll do."