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Mika Zibanejad | Center | #93

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 227
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (6) / OTT
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Mika Zibanejad found the back of the net in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
Zibanejad has been terrific for the Rangers this season. He's scored at least one goal in each of New York's four games. He's already up to five goals (four on the power play). He'll continue to see plenty of time on the man-advantage, which makes him a very interesting fantasy option. Kevin Shattenkirk and Pavel Buchnevich picked up the assists on Zibanejad's goal. Oct 10 - 9:55 PM

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Mika Zibanejad leads the Rangers with three goals in two games heading into Sunday night's match versus the Canadiens.

The Rangers will be looking for better defensive effort, as they search for their first victory of the season. They have been outscored 12-7 in their two games this season ahead of a rivalry game with Montreal.
Oct 8 - 6:34 PM

Mika Zibanejad picked up a pair of goals in the Rangers' 4-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

Both goals were scored on man-advantage. The Rangers aren't very deep down the middle, so Zibanejad will be the number one center on the team this season. The 24-year-old had hit the 20-goal mark on two occasions in his career, which means there's a good chance he'll hit that total again if he stays healthy. He finished the game with a minus-2 rating and eight shots on goal in 21:15 of ice time.
Oct 5 - 10:43 PM

Mika Zibanejad made his preseason debut on Saturday.

Zibanejad missed some time with an illness but seems to be fully recovered. Zibanejad inked a five-year deal in the summer worth $26.75 million and the Ranges need him to be their number one center."We expect a lot from him, there's no doubt," Alain Vigneault said of Zibanejad. "The organization went out and gave that young man a five-year deal, so we're showing him confidence. In return, we expect performance and results from his end. Very confident that with the right attitude and the right work ethic and dedication that he can live up to our expectations, and hopefully his expectations also." With the trade of Derek Stepan to Arizona, the top spot is wide open for the 24-year-old who had 14 goals and 37 points in an injury-plagued 56 games last season. Expect a lot more in 2017-18.
Sep 24 - 9:07 AM

Mika Zibanejad has agreed to a five-year contract with the Rangers worth an average annual value of $5.35 million.

Zibanejad got exactly what he was reportedly seeking from his new deal. He had an arbitration hearing slated for Tuesday, but that obviously is no longer necessary. Zibanejad was limited to 56 games last season and he contributed 37 points. He will be the Rangers' top center in 2017-18 and could reach the 60-point plateau if he can stay healthy.
Jul 25 - 11:29 AM

Mika Zibanejad is reportedly asking for $5.35 million ahead of his arbitration hearing on Tuesday.

The Rangers are countering with $4.1 million, so there's quite a bit of distance between the two sides. In his first year with New York, Zibanejad put up 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games. The 24-year-old was making $2.625 million per season over the last two years. It'll be interesting to see what the final number comes in at for next season. There's also a chance that the two sides will hammer out a new deal before they reach arbitration.
Jul 23 - 12:25 PM

The signings of Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat by the Tampa Bay Lightning could be seen as an indication of what RFA Mika Zibanejad will get.

Johnson will come with a $5 million cap hit while Palat is at $5.3 million. Zibanejad could find himself getting just below that range. He has an arbitration hearing set for July 25 should the Rangers and his camp fail to see eye-to-eye. Zibanejad had 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games last season and recorded 51 points in 81 contests in 2015-16.
Source: NY Post
Jul 16 - 6:17 AM

Mika Zibanejad has requested salary arbitration with the New York Rangers.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Rangers and Zibanejad agree to terms before the hearing date. He scored 14 goals and 37 points in 56 contests in 2016-17. He finished a two-year, $5.25 million deal.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:02 PM

The New York Rangers are willing to go short-term or long-term on a new deal with Mika Zibanejad.

Zibanejad will become a restricted free agent on July 1 if not signed and GM Jeff Gorton is amenable on either type of deal. Zibanejad had 14 goals and 37 points in only 56 games and then chipped in with nine in 12 playoff contests. Look for a 60-65 point season from the talented Swede in 2017-18 barring any holdout.
Jun 25 - 9:59 AM

Mika Zibanejad will be a restricted free agent this off-season.

His two-year, $5.25 million contract is set to expire and this will be his first deal from the New York Rangers following his acquisition from the Ottawa Senators. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said that the Zibanejad has "the tools and the capabilities to be a high-end centerman in this league," but "he's at that crossroads right now." Zibanejad registered 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games during the 2016-17 campaign. He also earned nine points in 12 playoff contests.
Source: NY Post
May 13 - 9:53 AM

Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 elimination loss to the Ottawa Senators.

That's it for this edition of the Rangers, as they've officially been eliminated in six games. The Rangers fell behind 2-0 in the first period and they were never able to recover. Zibanejad cut the deficit to 2-1 with a great breakaway goal at the 13:32 mark of second period. It was his first goal since Game 5 of their first-round series against Montreal. Zibanejad also registered the primary assist on Chris Kreider's tally in the third frame. He finished the playoffs with two goals and seven assists in 12 games.
May 9 - 10:26 PM

Mika Zibanejad recorded an assist in the Rangers' 4-1 win against Ottawa on Tuesday.

Zibanejad has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last five games. He has a goal and seven points in nine playoff games. That puts him in first place among the Rangers in the scoring race.
May 3 - 4:47 AM

Zibanejad scored the game-winning goal in Thursday's 3-2 OT win over the Montreal Canadiens.

He also added an assist on Jesper Fast's shorthanded goal in the second period. The Rangers completely dominated the extra frame, and their hard work paid off in a big way. At the 4:22 mark of overtime, Zibanejad snuck behind Canadiens defenseman Jordie Benn before burying a Chris Kreider pass behind goalie Carey Price. The win gives the Rangers a 3-2 series lead. They'll head back home for Game 6 on Saturday night with a chance to eliminate the Canadiens. Zibanejad has one goal and two assists in five postseason games.
Apr 20 - 10:45 PM

Mika Zibanejad continues to slide down the depth charts as he played on the fourth line during the third period Sunday.

The center has struggled during the playoffs and especially in Game 3 as the Rangers were horrible offensively in the first two periods, putting only 12 shots on net. Zibanejad actually drew an assist on Brady Skjei's third period goal but it was definitely too little, too late for the Rangers.
Apr 17 - 10:20 AM

Mika Zibanejad scored in his return to Ottawa during Saturday's 3-1 loss.

It was a sweet wrap-around tally, catching Craig Anderson looking the wrong way. The goal gives Zibanejad 14 goals and 35 points in 55 games this season.
Apr 8 - 4:26 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mika Zibanejad
2Kevin Hayes
3David Desharnais
LW1Chris Kreider
2Rick Nash
3Jimmy Vesey
4Michael Grabner
5Ryan Gropp
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2J.T. Miller
3Pavel Buchnevich
4Adam Cracknell
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Brady Skjei
4Brendan Smith
5Tony DeAngelo
6Marc Staal
7Nick Holden
8Steven Kampfer
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Ondrej Pavelec