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Ducks put 43-year-old Selanne on line with Silfverberg, 22

Sep 13, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

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While much of the focus from Anaheim’s camp was on the reunited Getzlaf-Perry-Penner line, another forward combo is starting to snag headlines.

Teemu Selanne, the NHL’s oldest player, opened camp alongside 22-year-old Jakob Silfverberg.

Silfverberg, a Swedish winger acquired from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade, acknowledged that it’s an honor to skate with a living legend.

“He’s been around for such a long time and he’s been one of the best players in the league for many, many years,” Silfverberg told the L.A. Times. “Playing with him is a great experience. You can learn a lot from him.”

Centered by Nick Bonino (who is relatively young, at age 25), the Selanne-Silfverberg connection has a lot of interesting storylines.

For instance, Silfverberg was two years old when Selanne broke in with the Jets in 1992 and famously set a rookie scoring record with 76 goals.

What’s more, Selanne’s oldest son — Eemil, who plays at Santa Margarita High — is just six years younger than Silfverberg.

All this doesn’t seem to make any difference to Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau. He’s extremely high on his new winger, especially after a rookie campaign with the Sens in which the Swede scored 10 goals in 48 games.

“Every game that I watched Ottawa play — and I watched quite a few of them — Silfverberg’s name was being brought up in a positive mode,” Boudreau told the Times. “Two-way player. Plays both ends of the ice.

“Smooth skater. Solid, great shot. And you see those things.”

  1. cheliostwin - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Hey, it worked with Brett Hull. He quipped he was on the “two kids and an old goat line.” Those two kids were Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk, and Hull helped turn those 5th and 7th round draft picks into two of the league’s elite players.

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