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.
"I couldn't really feel it," he said. "I got pretty scared that something was broken. But it wasn't, so I'm very fortunate."
No doubt he earned himself a few more fans with the way he finished the shift with no stick and his left arm dangling at his side.
"It was tough to play," said Silfverberg. "Obviously you've got to do what you can do when you're out there. I tried to finish the shift, tried to pick up the guy and stay with him, but obviously I couldn't use my left hand as I wanted to. I tried to do my best."
Silfverberg now has two blocked shots to his credit this season. The first, you may remember, was in Tampa, when in taking a shot off his shin pads he sent the puck into the neutral zone, where Latendresse picked it up for a breakaway that became a penalty shot.
"I think I've always been a pretty good shot blocker, as soon as I started playing," said Silfverberg. "I like to block shots. I think that's part of the reason I get a couple of shots on me, because I like it."
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson likes what he sees out of teammate Jakob Silfverberg
Ottawa Sun | Feb 7