BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA - MAY 11: Jakob Silfverberg (#33) of Sweden fails to score over Dennis Endras (44), goaltender of Germany during the IIHF World Championship quarter final match between Sweden and Germany at Orange Arena on May 11, 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
After capping off a historic season by winning the Swedish Elite League playoffs and raising the Le Mat Trophy above his head, Ottawa Senators prospect Jakob Silfverberg appears ready to hop on a place and join the Sens in Ottawa.
During the season, Silfverberg scored 54P (24G, 30A) in 49GP and was named the league's MVP--a feat he followed up by earning playoff MVP honours, as well. He had 20P (13G, 7A) in 17 playoff games, his 13 goals surpassing the record set in 2005 by none other than Daniel Alfredsson.
Another interesting Sens connection is the fact that Silfverberg and former Ottawa winger Andreas Dackell were co-captains on the championship Brynäs team, and lifted the SEL championship trophy together. (H/T SteffeG)
According to Le Droit's Sylvain St. Laurent, an unnamed source from the Sens said that Silfverberg could arrive in Ottawa as soon as two days from now.
Although Silfverberg will likely join the Senators and at least tag along for the ride, it's hard to imagine what kind of emotional state he'll be in when he arrives--he must be elated right now, considering how much he's won, and coming down from that high in time to play on Saturday seems highly unlikely (even in the event that Jesse Winchester isn't available to play).
However, there's reason to believe that, should the Senators need a boost for Game Six, Silfverberg could probably fill in. He's been playing intense playoff hockey in one of the world's best leagues for the last few weeks, so his competitiveness won't be lacking. Getting used to the different ice size and style of play in North America would be a challenge, but not one that Silfverberg would likely shy away from tackling.