ANAHEIM – Now a 20-goal scorer in back-to-back seasons, Jakob Silfverberg has approached the offensive potential the Ducks saw in him when they made sure that he was a central piece of the return in trading away Bobby Ryan.
There are those who still see a player on his ascent. Like his linemate.
“I think he’s still got room to grow,” Andrew Cogliano said. “I think there’s no reason why he can’t be a 30-goal scorer. I think he’s had the opportunities to score more goals this year and as he gets more comfortable and gets older, I think he’s just going to continue to score more and be more offensive.
“Twenty is a number where that should be starting to get easy for him to get. I think 30 is more the realistic number of him, with how good his shot is and how hard he works. Basically how good of a player he is.”
Silfverberg has 21 this season as his empty-net goal to wrap up Friday’s 3-1 win over Winnipeg pushed him past the original career best he set a year ago. He’s already adding to his new high-water mark in points, which is currently at 44.
The numbers are meaningful to the Swede, now in his fourth season with the Ducks and a potential franchise fixture. The thing that really matters to him is being a player that Ducks coach Randy Carlyle and his teammates can rely on at both ends of the rink in every situation.
“It’s just trying to get better and what that means is it’s a lot of different stuff,” Silfverberg said. “I want to feel like I play with confidence. I feel like when I play, I want to be the guys that wants the puck. I want to be involved in the play and I feel like that’s probably been the biggest step forward for me this year.
“Every time I’m out there, I’m looking for an opening and I’m looking for the puck instead of just kind of being the guy that’s just out there. I want to be a difference maker and hopefully be the one that makes the…