Trading fan-favorite Bobby Ryan for a young Swedish player from the Ottawa Senators didn't appear to be a move that would strengthen the Ducks. But Jakob Silfverberg 22 has four goals through the team's first four games and his two-goal performance Thursday in the Ducks' 6-0 home-opener rout of the New York Rangers at Honda Center is changing the perception of a deal that looked like a pure salary dump. Silfverberg is around the net and shoots hard as he showed in the first period by taking a pass crossed to him by Ducks legend Teemu Selanne and blasting a close-range shot past the New York Rangers' Vezina Trophy finalist Henrik Lundqvist. “I've been fortunate to play with two great players Mathieu [Perreault] and Teemu. They're so good at one-on-one battles it's a matter of me finding open spots and they're so good at finding me. I just try to shoot it” Silfverberg said. Silfverberg struck again on a rush that brought Lundqvist out of the net. A Selanne shot hit the post to Lundqvist's left position and careened out to Silfverberg on the opposite side as he slapped in a shot that gave the Ducks (3-1) a 4-0 lead just 1:27 into the second period. “You always want to score goals” Silfverberg said. “I've been lucky so far. It's a matter of just shooting the puck.” The only other Ducks in the team's 20 years to score four times in the first four games are Selanne (1996) and Daniel Winnik (last season). Good exchange so far given Ryan's $5.5-million salary versus Silfverberg's $900000. Ryan had four 30-goal seasons for the Ducks. Selanne retiring after this season was greeted by an extended roaring ovation from the sold-out crowd of 17179. Winnik scored as the Ducks produced a dominant opening period outshooting the Rangers 17-3 to lead 3-0.
Jakob Silfverberg strikes twice as Ducks crush Rangers, 6-0
Los Angeles Times | Oct 11