Mika Zibanejad - How good will he be? Comparisons?
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02-20-2013, 03:48 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2005
He's a strange blend of attributes.
He can skate relatively quickly, but very awkwardly, and he loses his balance often.
He has a great shot, but doesn't retain puck possession all that well and his stick-handling isn't great.
He has good reach, but he's not big enough to hold guys off with his physical bulk yet.
He reminds me a bit of an unrefined Jordan Staal.
Some people have been harping on his hockey IQ, but I think it's actually pretty decent. He has good vision and can find guys with good passes.
He appears tall and lanky out there, with big, cumbersome strides, but he can make quick and decisive turns when he doesn't run into someone.
As a power forward, coming up in the Swedish system, I think it will take him a lot longer to mature than a Canadian who has been playing that style over here.
But his potential is in that vein, rather than as a skilled finesse forward.
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