February 6, 2013
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson likes what he sees out of Jakob Silfverberg
By DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

Ottawa Senator Jakob Silfverberg during practice at the Sensplex in Ottawa on Tuesday January 22,2013. Errol McGihon/Ottawa Sun/QMI Agency

The sight of Jakob Silfverberg in obvious pain after throwing himself in front of a slapshot during the dying seconds of Tuesday's win over the Buffalo Sabres led to an assumption the Senators injury list was about to grow by one.

Move over Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Guillaume Latendresse. Here comes the rookie Swede.

How much would losing Silfverberg have hurt the Senators?

"He's just a very smart player," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "To go along with his offensive instincts, I think he's got one of the best shots in the league.

"If I was a kid, I would definitely study how he shoots the puck."

Alas, Silfverberg wound up with only a bruised knuckle -- not a broken knuckle like that suffered by Edmonton Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff -- on his left hand.


"He's sore," said Alfredsson. "But it's nothing a Swedish Viking can't handle."

Silfverberg said the shot "numbed" his hand.


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