Sunday, October 27, 2013

Broken Hand Betters Silfverberg

The Anaheim Ducks received some bad news after their game against the Ottawa Senators on Friday night, as they had lost a key forward in Jakob Silfverberg to a broken hand, which will cost the young Swede 4-to-6 weeks on the shelf.  It didn't look like there was a definitive spot in the game where the injury may have happened, but nevertheless, it wasn't an injury that the Ducks needed at the moment, as they try to find some consistency in their game.

It was somewhat ironic to have Silfverberg injured against the team that dealt him to Anaheim, having been moved in the deal that sent Bobby Ryan to Ottawa, but that's just the way it goes sometimes.

Silfverberg has been good for the Ducks to start the season, as I unofficially have him ranked 126th in pool scoring with 4 goals and 3 assists in the first 11 games for the Ducks this season.  He has been able to contribute offensively, when the Ducks have needed it and has proven to be a worthy successor to Ryan, albeit, doesn't have his scoring numbers yet.

The injury will put a damper on these numbers, significantly, and the injury will now likely take him through to a return in Week Eight to Week Ten.

ImplicationsWith that return date in mind, it will be interesting to see what happens with Stacey M., who has Silfverberg this season.  If Silfverberg was to return in Week Eight, I would imagine he'll get a chance to stick with her team through the Waiver Draft, unless she's in a spot to pick up someone who is hot.

Through Saturday's action, Stacey finds her team at the top of the second group of teams, 7 points back of the peloton group that is breaking away.  Stacey will start Sunday in 7th place and the injury will kick in on Sunday, as the Ducks will be playing without her talented young forward.

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