OTTAWA, Ont. - No matter what happens next, Jakob Silfverberg is going to have some kind of story to tell.
The highly touted Swedish prospect jumped from one playoff pressure-cooker to another, joining the Ottawa Senators on Monday as they looked to finish off the New York Rangers in the first round. Accompanied by his own Swedish camera crew, Silfverberg's appearance at Scotiabank Place created considerable buzz.
He was just days removed from bringing the Swedish league championship back to his hometown of Gavle for the first time in 13 years, scoring the winning goal and collecting MVP honours for Brynas.
The champagne had barely dried from the walls in the team's dressing room before Silfverberg was on his way to North America.
"It meant a lot," Silfverberg said of winning the Swedish title last Thursday. "The people in the town during the playoffs were so good. They always came up to us and wishing us good luck and things like that. It meant a lot for the town to bring back the Cup there.
"As I said, it's been a very emotional trip."