2. Jakob Silfverberg will Lead the Anaheim Ducks in Goal Scored… Again!
Going into the 2019-20 season, there are a few questions surrounding the Anaheim Ducks’ ability to generate offense. However, it was evident during the preseason that Jakob Silfverberg is going to be a tremendous asset to the team when it comes to scoring goals. Many people expect Rickard Rakell to lead the team in goals this year, and there is a very big possibility that he does, but, with the two of them on the same line together, it can really go either way.
The ink on Silf’s new five-year contract is still fresh, and he is going to want to show the organization and the fans why he deserves a contract that will keep him with the team when he is well past his prime. Putting him on a line with Rickard Rakell, Sam Steel, and to start the season, Isac Lundestrom, is a great way for Dallas Eakins to get the most out of Silfverberg.
While preseason doesn’t carry much weight, he outscored all of his teammates, leading the pack with four points throughout the exhibitions. Silf has been a cornerstone of the shutdown line for several seasons, however, in his new role, his offensive talent shines through. The Anaheim Ducks need more goal scorers, and with the 24 goals he scored last season, it is clear that he is going to be a big part of the solution.
As mentioned, Rickard Rakell is expected to lead the team in goals. There is no doubt that he is going to have a comeback season and will be of the top point produces for the Ducks. However, with the two of them on the same line together, they’re going to aid each other in their point production. No matter who leads, I have a feeling they will only be separated by just a few goals.
Prediction: Jakob Silfverberg will score between 29-35 goals this season.