OTTAWA - Jakob Silfverberg has made his decision. He figures he needs one more year of preparation before making the jump over the ocean to the NHL.
Silfverberg, Ottawa's second-round pick in 2009, plans on playing again in the Swedish Elite League for Brynas IF Gavle, a club he led in goal scoring during the 2010-11 season when was a teammate of former Senator Andreas Dackell.
"It's a good chance to go back to my team and play both power play and box (short-handed) play, hopefully have a good season and develop like I did this season," said Silfverberg, a 20-year-old forward who stands 6-foot-2 and checks in at 190 lbs. "I think it's good for me, both for the talent and physical, to get bigger and stronger and improve every aspect of my game.
"I didn't feel (ready) to make the (Senators) team. It's really tough to make the team here, there's a lot of good guys here. It's hard competition, I think back at home, in Sweden, it's going to help me a lot."
Senators director of personnel Pierre Dorion doesn't think Silfverberg is lacking a lot.
"Everyone is all excited about our three first-rounders," said Dorion, referring to Mika Zibanejad, Stefan Noesen and Matt Puempel. "But I can tell you, for a second-round pick (in 2009), I'm as sure of him being an NHL player as I am of anyone in this organization. I can tell you this guy is an NHL hockey player.
"The one thing that's got to pick up is his quickness off the mark. If he can work on that, it will determine where he plays in the NHL. If his quickness off the mark can be just a tad better, he's a top two line player. If not, he's a third line player."
THIS AND THAT: The Senators have not ruled out the possibility of re-signing versatile forward Ryan Shannon, a three-year veteran of the organization who is eligible to become a UFA Friday. Last season, Shannon scored 11 goals and 16 assists in 79 games, as his role with the team increased after the trade deadline. "We like Ryan, we just have to make sure if we keep him, there's a fit, and if we let him go, we're doing the right thing," said assistant GM Tim Murray. "We've had a lot of discussion about it. I wouldn't say the final decision has been made right now. I think there's one more call to be made." ... Meanwhile, G Mike Brodeur's days in the organization are over ... Murray said there's no rush to create an opening for one of the team's highly coveted young defenceman. "I believe everybody's going to come back and be better than last year," he said. "You have to believe that last year was a one off for Filip (Kuba) ... Everybody talks about Filip but I think the whole defence core can come back and be better. We'll go through camp and hopefully that's the case. "Our young guys are young guys. It wouldn't hurt any of them to start the year in Binghamton. If we could move a guy for a young guy to play, that would be great, but we're not shopping guys right now. Everybody knows the situation. Nobody is going to make a trade right now, because everybody likes their own players. I don't think there's a pressing need to rush any of young defencemen right now. Binghamton proved last year it's a good place for development."