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Zibanejad-Centre or Winger?

View Poll Results: Will Mika Zibanejad play centre or winger with the Senators?
Centre 22 20.56%
Wing 85 79.44%
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08-08-2012, 07:23 PM
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I like him more at wing, but all of you present some good points that makes it a hard decision. The key point for me is that he's never had really good chemistry with anyone when he's been playing as a center. He likes to be a forechecker, he likes to be at the finishing end of the plays.

On the other hand he's got some other qualities defensively and in the transition game that goes to waste if he's at wing. Extremely tough call.

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08-08-2012, 07:33 PM
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Winger when he first begins and then eventually centre I'd say

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08-08-2012, 07:42 PM
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Funny how so many posts talk about him preferably being a center yet the votes are wayyy in favor of him being turned into a winger.

As for myself, I think he'll have to play on Turris or Spezza's wing in the next couple of years to stick in the NHL and if he does well he'll remain at that position in the long run.

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08-08-2012, 07:47 PM
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loved his chemistry with Petersson and Prince at rookie camp, while he was a centre

liked how he played with Rakell at the WJ, and Forsberg and Karlsson at this recent camp (small sample size), as a winger.

like Kesler, these guys flip flop positions all the time. however if he continues to play like an Ovechkin light, then wing is where he should be and he should be paired with a puck possessing centre like Spezza or Turris

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08-08-2012, 07:48 PM
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Silfverberg-Spezza-Michalek
Petersson-Turris-Zibby
maybe then we could do

Prince-DaBosta-Stone
Greening/Hoffman-Smith-Neil

???

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08-08-2012, 07:57 PM
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Still not sure. What it will come down to will be his hockey sense and what type of game he develops when he matures (scorer or playmaker).

If he puts it all together, sens will have ELITE center depth, else the top 6 will be loaded. I'm not really worried about zibanejad, he has way too much going for him to fail out of being top 6 into a checking role.

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08-08-2012, 08:57 PM
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loved his chemistry with Petersson and Prince at rookie camp, while he was a centre

liked how he played with Rakell at the WJ, and Forsberg and Karlsson at this recent camp (small sample size), as a winger.

like Kesler, these guys flip flop positions all the time. however if he continues to play like an Ovechkin light, then wing is where he should be and he should be paired with a puck possessing centre like Spezza or Turris
The only time Kesler doesn't play centre is on the Powerplay. This is only because Henrik Sedin is in front of him. Other than that he is always in the middle.

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08-08-2012, 09:24 PM
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maybe then we could do

Prince-DaBosta-Stone
Greening/Hoffman-Smith-Neil

???
dabosta hahahaha

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08-08-2012, 09:30 PM
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He should play centre, but if he makes it this year it'll be on the wing. Best case scenario he's Bingo's #1 centre.

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08-08-2012, 09:42 PM
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If our center depth was spezza Turris Zibby Smith with Regin, dacosta and JOB on the wing we'd be in pretty good shape for centers can't wait for the season to start.

Although I don't expect all those players to stay/ make the team but you get the just.

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08-08-2012, 09:46 PM
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I don't think we're clear on what his skill set actually is. The best hockey I've ever seen him play was in the middle.

But I'd say we need more time to see him.
He has been playing on the wing for Sweden lately. Scored a few goals in the pre WJC tourney in one game. I'd say he is adjusting.

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08-08-2012, 09:51 PM
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Voted wing. No option for D or goal.

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08-08-2012, 10:52 PM
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To me he still lacks the hockey sense neccessary to be effective at centre and utilizing his teammates effectively.

Things can change though...

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08-08-2012, 11:01 PM
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I like him more at wing, but all of you present some good points that makes it a hard decision. The key point for me is that he's never had really good chemistry with anyone when he's been playing as a center. He likes to be a forechecker, he likes to be at the finishing end of the plays.

On the other hand he's got some other qualities defensively and in the transition game that goes to waste if he's at wing. Extremely tough call.
Hmmm, where have we all heard that before.

Mike Fisher 2.0

At least Z is willing to play the wing unlike Fish.

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08-08-2012, 11:04 PM
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Hmmm, where have we all heard that before.

Mike Fisher 2.0

At least Z is willing to play the wing unlike Fish.
oh great, the guy who reads Ottawa Sun articles and internet posts to determine his opinion of a prospect.

He sure looked he had great hockey sense and chemistry playing centre with Petersson and Prince. I'm guessing your basing your opinion on him based on his 9 game stint and the world juniors.

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08-08-2012, 11:08 PM
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He has been playing on the wing for Sweden lately. Scored a few goals in the pre WJC tourney in one game. I'd say he is adjusting.
Who's to say he wouldn't be better or just as good at center?

All I said was we don't know.

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08-08-2012, 11:09 PM
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Hmmm, where have we all heard that before.

Mike Fisher 2.0

At least Z is willing to play the wing unlike Fish.
Mike Fisher but
-a marginally better skater
-a much better shooter, with a high end one timer
-more skill in general with the puck
-I'd say his playmaking and ability to find chemistry are both better than Fisher, which says very little.

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08-08-2012, 11:23 PM
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Maybe the 3rd line C wouldn't be such a bad place to start him.

You don't need to have top 6 bottom 6.

We used to have a 4th line of Zamuner - Van Allen - Havlat

Coach is going to have some decisions to make.

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08-08-2012, 11:34 PM
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Maybe the 3rd line C wouldn't be such a bad place to start him.

You don't need to have top 6 bottom 6.

We used to have a 4th line of Zamuner - Van Allen - Havlat

Coach is going to have some decisions to make.
well, that kind of takes us back to my post: his centerness is inversely linked to his offensive ability.

at some point, a smart coach like mcstache will say "why are we wasting this offensive talent on so many defensive minutes/with such low-skilled players?"

if mika's offensive ability grows to that point, he either has to knock one of the incumbents (spezza/turris right now) out of their spot, or he has to move to wing (which i see as far more likely for him than for spezza or turris).


we reached that point with havlat too, and the answer at that time was that we wernt going to pay him what he wanted (and was worth) to be a third liner.

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08-09-2012, 12:32 AM
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Zibanejad will always have a chance at that center position if Turris doesn't bring it, which I believe he will.

All I know is that we will have 3 amazing centers(I expect Zack Smith to be one of the best 3rd line centers in the league in couple of years) and the wing depth will come with trades if need be.

That's why Murray was looking at dealing Zibby for Nash. If Zibby can be just as lethal of a winger then by all means please proceed.

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08-09-2012, 01:16 AM
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Who's to say he wouldn't be better or just as good at center?

All I said was we don't know.
and all I said was that he is adjusting to wing. He will probably be equally as good at both... he's an intelligent player.

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08-09-2012, 03:05 AM
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Hmmm, where have we all heard that before.

Mike Fisher 2.0

At least Z is willing to play the wing unlike Fish.
When did Fisher refuse to play wing? He clearly played better at centre, but they tried him at wing and I don't remember him complaining or refusing to play there.

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08-09-2012, 03:12 AM
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He did play there at times. I never heard him complain about it either.

Really Fisher in theory should have been a great winger.

I'm not sure why it never worked out.

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It's just amusing that the Fisher haters on this board have to make this **** up so they have more reasons to bash him. If the coach doesn't put him on the wing I fail to see how that's his fault, but the Fisher haters around here will still try to make us all believe it is.

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Silfverberg-Spezza-Michalek
Petersson-Turris-Zibby
Pretty sure Petersson plays RW, which is where Zibanejad would slot as a wing, as well as Stone and Puempel. That's a lot of depth, but some future tough decisions, especially if Maidens works out.

For prospects, we are set at LW with Silfverberg, Noesen, Prince and Hoffman. RW looks at Stone, Petersson and Puempel.

Its centre where we need the input. I see DaCosta, Pageau and Maidens. Adding Zibanejad here puts him on top.

Issues are more with guys who are with the club now - where do they fit next year - Regin (C or LW), Daugavins, Smith (C or LW), O'Brien, etc

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