Filatov has great potential, but he does have some question marks that can't be ignored. I picked Zibanejad because I think he can change the temp of the game, either with a good scoring chance or a big hit. I think he'll be a Mike Fisher type with better hands.
I basically isolated him and observed his game exclusively from ice level during every Russia WJC 2009 game at the Civic Centre. Suffice to say, if he's gotten more physically mature since then, it's my belief that he's gonna explode soon, because nobody could touch that kid's game with a ten foot pole. He was Pavel Bure out there, straight up.
I've voted him on all three previous polls too, by the way. I truly believe that based on my own observations, and given that he was ranked slightly behind Stamkos in his draft year, Ottawa has a superstar in waiting here.
I could very well be drinking from some variation of the Cheechoo-flavoured kool-aid, but again, I've seen the kid play, and dominate, so I'm going off that for the most part.