Silfverberg played against inferior players in the SEL in comparison to the NHL, the NHL has bigger & better players on a smaller surface who can take away his time & space. However, I am hoping he turns into another Alfredsson & still finds a way to put pts up on the board. I hope he solidifies our top 6, I just don't know if he will.
Just to provide the opposing argument, he also played with inferior players in the SEL compared to the NHL. If he ends up on Spezza's wing on any point, it'll be the best hockey player he's ever been on a line with.
I'm definitely with you on that one but something you don't see in that video is how Silfverberg is an absolute stud at protecting the puck. He makes room for himself. Which usually results in a shot on net or attracting another defender to him that creates a passing lane for an open teammate.
Something a lot of you will see next year from Silfverberg is how he reads the game so well. He makes simple, simple plays that go such a long way to creating a scoring chance. We saw some of it last year when the Sens had a good 3 minute attack in the NYR zone and Silfverberg was in the middle of it all, using his skates, body, stick etc... to confuse the d and make more room for his teammates.
On Sifverberg and his ability to protect the puck and create chances through defensive coverage, that description makes me eager to see him and Stone play together. Stone is an unbelievable puck possession guy on the cycle, and can make room for a snipe while having two defensemen draped on him. If we have two guys willing and able to shoot like that on the ice, I can see them lined up for a lot of offensive zone faceoffs.