He has won the Norris Trophy before, can he win another?
On Friday we began the "Which is More Likely?" Nuggets series, pitting Sergei Gonchar's future with the team against Kyle Turris' goal scoring ability. In a landslide, the community has decided it is MORE LIKLEY Kyle Turris scores more than 20 this season. This is best summed up by user "Too Clutch" who keeps it short, but sweet.
Today, we look at two of this community's favourite players: Erik Karlsson and Jakob Silfverberg. Both young Swedes figure to be big players for the Senators for years to come, both being so young and so talented.
Silfverberg is coming off a season in which he was the regular season and playoff MVP for the SEL and he captained his team to the SEL championship while setting an elite league record for most goals in a playoffs (beating Daniel Alfredsson's previous record set during the lockout). He put the icing on the cake by suiting up for 2 NHL playoff games last spring. Not bad for a kid who hasn't even turned 22 yet.
Erik Karlsson, on the other hand, put the NHL in its place last season. He created his own class of defencemen. He is the one-man breakout, the player so offensively gifted from the back end that teams must adapt their defensive schemes to try to find a way to slow him down. And it didn't work. He scored a Senators-record tying 19 goals as a d-man and led the league in points by a d-man by 25 with 78. He won the Norris Trophy as the leagues best blueliner and inked a healthy new extension.
The question for you the readers today is this:
Which is more likely: That Erik Karlsson OR Jakob Silfverberg wins a major trophy next season in Las Vegas?
Hopefully this one is closer than Friday's! Remember to vote for the answer you deem MOST LIKELY, even if you think both are, or neither are. And please, justify your responses in the comments, we love the discussion!
Links after the jump.
- After "missing out" on B.J Crombeen, Don Brennan suggests a number of other players Bryan Murray may look to acquiring to fill a tough-guy role on the roster. [Sun]
- The Senators website does a photo gallery that looks at the best of Colin Greening's first season with the Senators. [Sens]
- As Luke Richardson gets set to take over the Baby Sens, he is excited to see the Senators bringing in some experienced AHL d-men to help some of the younger players. [SensExtra]
- One such veteran d-men brought into the fold is Calder Cup winner Andre Benoit. The offensive blueliner is back from the KHL and has signed a one year, 2-way contract with the club. [SensExtra]
- Nichols does a little recap of the news in Senator-land this past week over at the 6th Sens. He's right, it has been a slow one. [6thSens]
- Outstanding article by Darren on the real losers of Free Agency - the veteran role players who are still without contracts. In a cap world, teams have an incentive to fill those spots with younger players to develop. [SSS]
- This story should actually be titled what happens WHEN Rick Nash is not traded by training camp. Answer: kills team chemistry OR traded for less than he's worth a la Dany Heatley. [PuckDaddy]
- The biggest story of the weekend, the NHL came out guns-a-blazin' with their first proposal for the new CBA. I like the idea of limiting contract length, and I like the idea of eliminating circumventing contracts by having the dollar amount that season be the cap hit, but asking for 11% more in revenue sharing? Come on NHL, we want to watch a season this fall. [PuckDaddy]
Who is more likely to win a major NHL award?
Erik Karlsson (301 votes)
Jakob Silfverberg (178 votes)
479 total votes