Mika Zibanejad is the real deal.
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11-29-2012, 03:43 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
I think he's looking more like a top 9 forward than a top 3 forward.
There's nothing wrong with that, he hasn't shown us anything to think otherwise at this point.
Is Couturier looking like the better player at this point? Absolutely. He played a huge role on a playoff team in the NHL this year.
Does that mean that Z-Bad is incapable of eclipsing him in terms of impact? No, it doesn't.
He's learned hockey under different circumstances in a completely different system. As a physical player, he has to adjust from playing in a league where it's an afterthought, to where guys have been checking for years. It was always going to be an adjustment for him.
You have to be patient with these Swedish players.
Another physical guy, Niklas Kronwall, didn't start in the NHL until he was 25 years old, six years after he was drafted. I'd say he's turned out ok.
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