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Mika Zibanejad | Center | #93

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 222
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (6) / OTT
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Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and added two assists in his first preseason game with the New York Rangers.
The Rangers defeated the Islanders by a score of 5-2 and Zibanejad's name could be found all over the scoresheet. He scored a power play goal less than five minutes into the game and he picked up a pair of assists on goals by Brandon Pirri and Dylan McIlrath. The Rangers traded an important piece of their team (Derick Brassard) to acquire Zibanejad and they'll hope the young Swede will finally establish himself as a solid point producer at the NHL level. Sep 27 - 10:14 PM

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Mika Zibanejad is looking for a big season in New York.

Zibanejad wants to be the go-to player whether the Rangers are up a goal or down a goal late in the game. He has been playing between Chris Kreider and rookie Pavel Buchnevich thus far in training camp and the results have been great. "If they’re anything like they were today at practice, they’re gonna be a handful," coach Alain Vigneault said. "They were by far the best line and the three best players today in practice, both offensively and defensively. They just made a lot of things happen. It was fun to watch. They’re definitely a line we’re gonna keep together." Zibanejad has a career best 51 points last season and at the age of 23, a 60 point season is within his grasp.
Sep 26 - 8:20 AM

Mika Zibanejad is aiming for a breakout year during his first season with the Rangers.

"I'm waiting and I think people are waiting for my breakout year," Zibanejad said. "That's what I'm hoping for. That's what I'm working towards to happen. I feel like at this stage of my career, I'm ready for that." The Rangers would welcome that result after they traded their leading goal scorer in Derick Brassard in exchange for Zibanejad. Brassard finished second on New York with 58 points in 80 games last year. Zibanejad hit personal highs in 2015-16 with 21 goals and 51 points over 81 matches. The Rangers believe in his upside and feel he will flourish on the top line in 2016-17.
Aug 5 - 3:16 PM

The New York Rangers believe Mika Zibanejad still has untapped upside.

The Rangers acquired Zibanejad and a 2018 second rounder from Ottawa in exchange for Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round selection. "We feel we’re getting a player who’s just scratching the surface and who has a lot of upside," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. "He kills penalties, he’s [good] on draws. And he can play against the better, bigger centers around the league. At the end of the day, we felt this makes us a better team." Zibanejad had 21 goals and 51 points in 81 contests last season. He's 23 years old and he only celebrated that birthday in April, so it's not unreasonable to believe he can grow further. Even if he doesn't end up having a better 2016-17 campaign than Brassard, the Rangers got the better long-term option out of this exchange.
Source: NY Post
Jul 19 - 5:42 AM

The New York Rangers have acquired Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second round pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh round selection.

Brassard outperformed Zibanejad offensively in 2015-16 by a modest amount (58 points to 51), but Zibanejad is roughly five-and-a-half years younger. In other words, the Rangers are potentially downgrading in the short-term, but in such a way that might help them for years to come. The other downside for New York is that its losing a bit of cost certainty here. Brassard still has three seasons on his reasonable five-year, $25 million contract, but Zibanejad can become a restricted free agent next summer and will likely demand a raise over his current $2,625,000 annual cap hit.
Jul 18 - 2:20 PM

Mika Zibanejad ended his season on four game point streak, thanks to his 22nd goal of the season during Saturday's 6-1 win over Boston.

Zibanejad had a career year in 2015-16, posting 22 goals and 52 points through all 82 games. The 22-year-old has now made it two straight quality seasons, giving much to be excited about moving forward.
Apr 9 - 3:44 PM

Mika Zibanejad netted his 20th goal of the season on Thursday night in a 3-1 win over Florida.

He has notched two goals and one assist over a three-game scoring streak. The mini-scoring spree has also given him his first 50-point season in the NHL.
Apr 8 - 8:57 AM

Mika Zibanejad has posted a career high 48 points this season, but he isn't exactly thrilled with his performance overall.

"I've made some improvements this year," Zibanejad said. "I can't say I'm disappointed at the season, but I can't say I'm overly happy with the season. It has been an up and down season for the team, as well, so obviously, it comes down to looking yourself in the mirror." Not making the playoffs is certainly weighing on his mind. The soon-to-be 23-year-old center plans to make more improvements over the summer.
Apr 5 - 10:40 AM

Mika Zibanejad potted a goal for the Senators in their 5-0 shutout of the Canadiens on Saturday night.

He also had two shots on goal and five hits in 16:13. In his fourth season, it almost seems like 17 goals and 45 points is not enough. But when you realize Zibanejad is on pace to set career highs in points and has the potential reach 20 goals, it’s not all that bad. He’s also still only 22 years old. The other goal scorers for the Senators: Curtis Lazar, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Alex Chiasson and Marc Methot, who was a plus-four, too. Mike Hoffman had two assists.

Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime victory against Minnesota.

He picked up an assist on Mike Hoffman's tally and scored the game-tying goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation. Zibanejad has 16 goals and 43 points in 70 games this campaign.
Mar 16 - 8:09 AM

Mika Zibanejad is still trying to find an offensive rhythm.

He ended a six-game goalless skid on Saturday against Toronto. It was his first goal since Feb. 27 when he scored three times versus Calgary. "I know how I should play and the frustration takes over too much and it comes from a lack of offense," said Zibanejad. "It's something I have to figure out and work through. It's not easy. If it was, it would already be fixed by now. It's a battle, but I feel like it's heading somewhere."
Mar 14 - 4:30 PM

Mika Zibanejad will take on more responsibility with Kyle Turris out of the lineup indefinitely.

However, Ottawa's bench boss hasn't changed his expectations. "I don't want to see anything different from Mika because Kyle is out," coach Dave Cameron said. "That's got nothing to do with what I expect from Mika. I expect Mika to be a real solid player with and without the puck, real competitive." He will play between Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan on Tuesday night. Zibanejad registered a hat trick in his last outing to give him 14 goals and 39 points in 62 games this season.
Mar 1 - 5:07 PM

Mika Zibanejad netted a hat trick in the Senators’ 6-4 win against the Flames on Saturday night.

He recorded the natural hat trick in the third period, becoming the first Senators player to do so since Jason Spezza on Oct. 15, 2013, per NHL's public relations department. The goals broke a nine-game slide without one. Even after the stellar game, Zibanejad is a fringy fantasy forward, now with 14 goals and 39 points in 62 games. Zack Smith, Nick Paul and Jean-Gabriel Pageau got the other markers. Mark Stone had three assists, while Mike Hoffman and Erik Karlsson recorded two apiece.
Feb 28 - 12:59 AM

Mika Zibanejad will center Curtis Lazar and Chris Neil during Tuesday's match with Buffalo.

This is great news for the Senators and their fans. The 22-year-old has 11 goals and 35 points in 56 games this season, putting him on track for his fourth straight season of statistical growth.
Feb 16 - 7:16 PM

Mike Zibanejad is taking warm-ups Tuesday night against Buffalo.

This doesn't guarantee that he'll play, but it's infrequent that a player warms up and then doesn't play. With only a short time before lineups set, we'd play him.
Feb 16 - 7:05 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Mika Zibanejad
3Oscar Lindberg
4Josh Jooris
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3Michael Grabner
4Brandon Pirri
5Jimmy Vesey
6Nathan Gerbe
7Tanner Glass
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2Kevin Hayes
3J.T. Miller
4Pavel Buchnevich
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Dan Girardi
3Kevin Klein
4Marc Staal
5Nick Holden
6Adam Clendening
7Brady Skjei
8Dylan McIlrath
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Antti Raanta