The wait for the Anaheim Ducks to re-sign one of their top playoff scorers from 2014-15 is over, as earlier this afternoon it was reported by the Orange County Register's Eric Stephens and NHL.com's Curtis Zupke that Jakob Silfverberg has re-signed for the next four seasons with a $3.75 mil. cap hit.
Ducks have signed winger Jakob Silfverberg to a four-year contract.— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) August 7, 2015
Ducks re-sign Jakob Silfverberg for four years, $3.75 AAV. Runs through 2018-19.— Curtis Zupke (@curtiszupke) August 7, 2015
|Name||Age||Yrs Left||GP||G/60||A/60||PTS/60||5-on-5 SAT%|
|Jakob Silfverberg (RW)||24||4||102||0.6||1.5||2.1||51.7|
|Pascal Dupuis (LW)||36||2||16||1.4||1.1||2.5||54.7|
|Brendan Gallagher (RW)||23||6||94||1.0||1.0||2.0||54.1|
|Marcus Johansson (C)||24||1||96||0.8||1.1||1.9||51.9|
|Mikkel Boedker (RW)||25||1||45||1.1||1.1||2.1||47.5|
|Erik Johnson (D)||27||1||47||0.6||0.6||1.2||46.4|
|Johnny Oduya (D)||33||2||99||0.1||0.4||0.4||50.2|
|Anders Lee (C)||24||4||81||1.3||0.9||2.2||53.5|
|Kevin Hayes (RW)||23||1||98||0.9||1.5||2.4||51.2|
|Antoine Vermette (C)||32||2||102||0.6||0.9||1.5||48.1|
(Contract information taken from NHLNumbers.com. All stats are combined regular season and playoffs from 2014-15, taken from war-on-ice.com. Goals, assists, and points are given as averages over 60 minutes.)
Many people point to the injury issues of his first season in Anaheim, and 'only' 39 points in the second full season with the club, but Silfverberg's performance this past season puts him comfortably in the upper half of players carrying this price tag league-wide. Another point to note is that in looking at both of the OwnThePuck Linemate charts, each show that in each of his three seasons he's trended more into the 'Better O/Better D' sections.
While the 2015 playoff performance is probably well above board for what to expect over the course of an 82 game season, it's important to point out that Silfverberg averaged 15:40 of ice time during the regular season and saw that jump to 19:02 in the playoffs. His regular season numbers for this past season were 0.6 G/60, 1.2 A/60, and 1.8 PTS/60, and during the playoffs that rocketed up to 0.8 G/60, 2.5 A/60, and 3.3 PTS/60. There's something to be said for getting skilled players additional ice time, and Silfverberg took major advantage when given it last postseason.
It shouldn't surprise to see Silfverberg get more playing time this season, especially having entrenched himself as a reliable two-way winger on the second line with Ryan Kesler. He has demonstrated that in short stretches he can put up major production, now the test will come as to whether he can do the same over a regular season. Considering the other players at the price point in the league average in the 40-50 point neighborhood it shouldn't surprise if Silfverberg does the same, he was almost there last season.
For a player that finished third in playoff scoring and fourth in regular season scoring on the team last season, he is now also the fourth highest paid forward on the team. This contract has the potential to be a real value for the Ducks down the line, considering Silfverberg's blossoming offensive game paired with his ability to play penalty kill minutes and defend. Full marks to General Manager Bob Murray securing a vital piece for four seasons, while retaining plenty of flexibility under the cap.
FINAL UPDATE as of 1:40 PM.