Jakob Silfverberg was once thought to be a great defensive forward. However, a whole new world opened up for the Swedish winger when his offensive responsibilities were increased. He seemingly went from a key piece of the shutdown line to one of the Ducks top point producers, and we love to see it. His performance this season even earned him a spot at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, and while he will not be attending due to the birth of his second child, he is still an All-Star in our book.
Nevertheless, despite our favorite “Lazy Boy’s” incredible increase in offensive production, there is still a rebuild brewing in Anaheim. Despite the new contract he just signed, that does not make him exempt from possible trade talks. In fact, last season, Silfverberg was on the top of a lot of fans trade lists because of what trading him could possibly bring to Anaheim.
More likely than not, Silf won’t have any hand in the Anaheim Ducks climb back to relevance. Granted, he could be a great offensive asset to the team over the next few seasons, but if a rebuild is truly what Bob Murray wants, keeping Silfverberg is a moot point. A common theme throughout this article will be selling high while you still can, and the same applies to Silf.
Murray might be able to get a nice return for the 29-year-old. JS33 is an incredible leader, both on and off the ice. He is a strong skater who has great vision and hockey IQ. If needed, he can contribute both offensively and defensively. He is a hard worker who plays with both integrity and intensity. Silf could be the perfect final piece to any Stanley Cup contender. In turn, he could warrant the Ducks a future asset or two.