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02-27-2013, 04:14 PM
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I was going to make a post here about why Zibanejad has been better this year than Silfverberg (basically, he plays tougher competition, puts up better possession numbers, and has produced just as much on the scoresheet in fewer GP), but luckily Yost made the exact same argument in his column today so I don't have throw myself to the wolves here:

Up at the top right is prospect Mika Zibanejad. MacLean's obviously used him in an offensive-minded role; so far, he's done well. The points [3G/3A] and possession metrics are very respectable for a player of his age, but unlike fellow highly-touted youngster Jakob Silfverberg, he's drawing the toughest minutes of any forward through the first twenty games. Silfverberg [3G/3A] is seeing a comparable number of offensive zone starts, but isn't driving possession in the same manner, and he's matching against significantly weaker competition. To-date, there's really not much of a question as to which of the two has played better. It's Zibanejad.

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