Man on the Silfver Mountain
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12-25-2012, 09:55 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Around the bend
I'm a little surprised at how quickly Silfverberg has adjusted. I always thought he had a very intriguing upside, and after his great year in the SEL last year, he really seemed to be realizing that potential.
He has adapted quickly to the AHL. Shows smarts in both the offensive and defensive zone. Always helping out the D and being in a good spot to receive a quick outlet pass. Has quick hands, good body positioning and balance to control the puck along the boards and make a smart play.
His shot opens up offensive opportunities for him. Gets it off quickly and from anywhere on the ice. Left wing or right wing, above the circle or in tight. Hard and accurate. Does not mind bringing the puck to the net, or into traffic, and can maintain control due to good balance and drive. Makes smart passes as well, which compliments his shooting ability and knack for being able find or make room to get off a quick shot or make a quick pass.
He is not very physical, but does initiate some contact in order to separate a player from the puck. Not overly fast, but seems to be able to get a step on defenders and shoot in stride at ease, as well as getting back quickly to help out defensively. He skates smart, no wasting time aimlessly, but always reading the play and skating to where he can make an efficient and positive play to help the team offensively or defensively.
I am not sure what his ceiling might be, but so far his ability to refine his game and dominate in the SEL and his transition to the AHL are promising. Best case scenario he develops into a really strong two-way Swedish winger in the vein of Alfredsson, Naslund, Zetterberg, Eriksson.
Time will tell, would be great to see him up in Ottawa this year showing what he can do.
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