On July 5, 2013, General Managers Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks and Bryan Murray of the Ottawa Senators (no relation) negotiated a trade that still resonates today. Key pieces in the deal have led their respective clubs to this year’s conference finals. The deal was comprised of Bobby Ryan, the 2005 2nd overall pick, going to the Senators in return for Jakob Silfverberg, the 2009 39th overall pick, Stefan Noesen, the 2011 21st overall pick, and a future 2014 1st round pick. Let’s take an in-depth look at this trade.
Senators- Bobby Ryan
The Ottawa Senators got a skilled, down to earth player in this deal. Ryan put up a lot of points in Anaheim and Ottawa expected him to do the same. However, his first three seasons in Canada’s capital were average seasons since he would never even hit his lowest point total of 57 that he achieved in Anaheim. The closest Ryan would come was 56 points in the 2015-16 season. This past year he played 62 games and only put up 25 points. Not good numbers for him and based on this past regular season, most would say he clearly took a step back. But he has turned over a new leaf in these playoffs. He has put up 11 points in 13 games. He is finally understanding the new system of Coach Guy Boucher. Ryan is blocking shots and doing all of the little things right in this new system. In the first round of this year’s playoffs, he has played lights out and just the other day, he came up clutch again with the overtime winner against Pittsburgh. The playoffs have been a fresh start for Ryan and he has raised his gameplay and is a huge reason why Ottawa is in the Eastern Conference Finals this year.
Anaheim Ducks- Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen, and the 2014 1st Round Pick
The return on Bobby Ryan now forms part of the top six forwards on the Ducks. Jakob Silfverberg has been lighting it up in the playoffs. He has 12 points in 12 games and a team-leading eight goals. He had a career year for the Ducks with 49 points and has rounded out as a nice top six forward. Silfverberg has been clutch in these playoffs and without him, the Ducks would not get past the Oilers in the 2nd round. However, Stefan Noesen has proven to be an interesting character. He bounced up and down in the Ducks organization, only playing two games in the NHL in the past two seasons before he was claimed off waivers by the New Jersey Devils this past January. Noesen never fit into the Ducks plans. This year, Noesen played 12 games for the Ducks with only 2 points, 22 games for the San Diego Gulls with 15 points and 32 games for the Devils with eight points. It will be interesting to see him at Devils camp in the fall. Lastly, the 2014 1st round pick was a huge pick for the Ducks as the 10th overall pick in 2014. With this pick, the Ducks selected Nick Ritchie. Nick Ritchie has been an enormous key for this Ducks team this year. He brings a physical, power forward game to this club and it is something they desperately needed to add to the mix of speed and skill. Ritchie came up with the winning goal in game seven against the Oilers and was a great pick for this team. Jakob Silfverberg and Nick Ritchie have been solid top six forwards for this Ducks club and it shows why they are in the Western Conference Finals.
Usually fans and experts try and pick a side that won the trade. In this case, it was and is an even deal. Both teams have key players that have significantly contributed to their playoff runs. Bobby Ryan has been great for the Senators and Jakob Silfverberg and Nick Ritche have been clutch for the Ducks. If this deal never happened back in 2013, these teams would look completely different and who knows, they may not make it this far in these playoffs.