Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/23/12 at 04:20 PM ET
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Jakob Silfverberg was certainly made to feel at home at Scotiabank Place early Monday.
First off, his Ottawa Senators teammates allowed him to lead them in their on-ice stretches before the morning skate.
When the practice ended, a few Swedish journalists then took centre stage at coach Paul MacLean’s morning press conference, aggressively querying MacLean on what he expected from the talented 21-year-old Swedish prospect and whether he would jump immediately into the fire of an NHL playoff series after capturing a Swedish Elite League title.
“You guys could probably tell me better,” MacLean answered back, pointing out that Silfverberg won the most valuable player in the SEL in both the regular season and playoffs, winning the league title on Thursday with Brynas….
Before Monday, MacLean hadn’t even seen Silfverberg since the Senators development camp in the summer, but the coach was thinking long and hard about throwing him immediately into the fire against the Rangers.
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