Mika Zibanejad is the real deal.
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09-21-2011, 09:31 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
One remote possibility, is that Z-Bad is convinced to head to the AHL for a short-period with the understanding that he will get called back up. I think the Sens would be reluctant to 'promise' this, in the event he struggles in the AHL, but if Z-bad thinks he is close and is very comfortable here in NA, he might opt (along with his agent) to not head back to the SEL and stay here. It's basically up to him, as the Sens have said he can go back to the SEL if he doesn't crack the opening night roster, but that doesn't mean they can't convince he and his agent to stick around. They might also give him a 8 game try-out. But either way,
As to toughness, I think he has has it in a Forbserg sense. A mean streak isn't something you really develop - you either have it, or you don't. He won't be a huge intimidating presence per se, but neither will he get intimidated. Bobby Holik type attitude if you will (it's not like Z-bad is going to be a big scrapper). A good playoff type attitude to have, for sure.
Offence is the question. While Z-bad showed very well late last year in the SEL, it's not like his production and impact was in elite status amongst former Swedish draftees. Guys like Forsberg, Backstrom and the Sedins put up big numbers in the SEL as draft eligibles. But still has nice upside.
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