Mika Zibanejad signed for three seasons with the Ottawa Senators.
Unfortunately, all of Djurgården fans - Mika Zibanejad has signed for three seasons with the Ottawa Senators.
According to sources to Sportbladet he will recieve max salary - which can give him 35 million (SEK) if all bonuses come true.
- It's just unreal, says Zibanejad who allegedly will try to make the Ottawa team coming season.
Mika Zibanejad, 18, had great success in Djurgarden past season. He was drafted in the first round at number six overall by the Ottawa Senators.
Zibanejad has impressed during the club's camp and now he is awarded with a dream contract.
Will go for a roster spot
According to sources to Sportbladet he will recieve max salary for a rookie, that means an annual salary of 925,000 dollars, which translates to more than 5.7 million (SEK). If all the bonuses kick in, he can earn over 35 million (SEK) during his three years in the Senators.
According to information Zibanejad will try to make it into the NHL next season already, but if he fails he moves back home to Djurgarden.
"We'll see what happens"
When Sportbladet reaches 18-year-old on a crackly phone line, he is of course pleased.
- I do not know what to say, but it just feels unreal. Really funny.
How it felt during camp?
- It has felt good. I have not played hockey in a long time but it has gone well.
What has Ottawa told you?
- They have not said much. We will have a discussion later on. But now we have signed a contract and that's a sign that they believe in me.
Great signing. Why does everyone think he will play in NHL next year?
1. He is a very comparable player to Landeskog, whom most believe will play in the NHL this season.
2. Big body, skates well and plays a very North American style of game, which will translate well into the NHL.
3. Was impressive in the rookie camp.
4. Only has to beat out Regin and Da Costa to be the 2nd line centre on the sens.
well, if that's true then i'm pi$$ed. i can't understand why we would do this unless we were ABSOLUTELY SURE the kid could crack the lineup and play for us. even then, why would we throw the kid to the wolves on a bad team that aint gonna make the playoffs, and burn up a year in the process?
Because when you're not making a run for the cup, you can afford to let the young guys gain experience with a lot of ice time without the pressure?