Mika Zibanejad - How good will he be? Comparisons?
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02-23-2013, 02:28 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
I don't see the Fisher comparison tbh.
Zibanejad will be a good forechecker, very good reach and can cut off a lot of ice with it. At his peak he will be a one man forechecking unit.
Great one timer, will be very useful on PP. Overall his shot is good for his age, can get it on target and gets it off decently quickly.
Vision and hockey sense is extremely underrated. I heard the knocks but after watching him he has decent awareness.
Can carry puck through neutral zone but decision making at blue line could stand to improve; that's where my biggest knock on his hockey IQ is.
People praise him defensively but I think he's just ok in that respect. For a 19 year old playing centre, though, it's good.
Honestly, people tend to view him as a guy who will be a defensive/physical force with offensive upside but I think he should be developed as the opposite. An offensive player with unique attributes in other areas. His aim should be a top 6 C who plays both special teams.
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