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07-17-2012, 02:47 PM
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pulverapa
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The Zibanejad hype

Sorry folks, I don't get the deal with Zibanejad. What makes him so special? People really think he will be in the Sochi squad, which I can't understand.

I've seen a lot of games with this kid and he has skill, yes. But there is so much he lacks for being that future top player. I can see him in the NHL putting up maybe 30 points a season in a few years. He needs to work very hard to achieve numbers that for example Viktor Stålberg is putting up, I'm not sure he's ready for it.

The biggest problem with him became very clear during late-season last spring, starting with his rather weak performance at the WJC. Yes, he scored that golden goal but I don't think he had a particularly good tournament behind him. He is not a player who makes other players around him better. He depends alot on other players, when he is hiding behind opponent players. If he eventually gets the puck he takes a shot but almost never convert it into a goal. In WJC his line was the "weak" line, with Rakell and W. Karlsson also struggeling. In Elitserien he was not a factor at all in a team that struggled alot and eventually got demoted to the 2nd league.

I don't mean to bash Zibanejad completely cause there are things he does well:

-Good shot
-Skating ability
-Stick handling
-Back checking ability

Things he needs to improve to become a top player (50-60 points a season) in the NHL:

-Attitude
-Vision
-Passing

Is anyone with me, when I'm saying the hype around him is overexaggerated?

Btw, I'm a huge Djurgården fan - the team he played for last two seasons.

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