Future Considerations


Zibanejad knocking on top-10 status
April 20, 2011, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Europe, NHL Entry Draft | Tags: ,

From Aaron Vickers:

He’s got one of the hardest names in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft to pronounce.

So feel free to just call Mika Zibanejad  a first round pick.

The slick skating sensation has moved swiftly up the draft charts all season and could be the second Swede selected on June 25th in Minnesota, behind top-ranked defenseman Adam Larsson. An honourable mention heading into the season eight months ago, the six-foot-two, 185-pound right-handed centre is now knocking on the door to becoming a top-10 pick.

Currently ranked 11th, Zibanejad has been slotted as low as 55th overall in December. After a quick start to the season and an impressive World Under-17 tournament where he scored five goals and nine points in six games, the freshly turned 18-year-old established himself as a sure-fire first rounder by February and a potential top-10 pick in June.

Future Considerations’ chief scout Dan Stewart likes what he sees from the Swede.

“Zibanejad is a slick skating puck handler who sees the ice well, can both set-up his lines mates with a well times pass and possesses a good shot which allows him to be a duel threat,” Stewart said. “He, like many other Swedish forwards before him, plays with a strong sense of defensive awareness and is efficient in all three zones.”

And with a scouting report like that, Zibanejad will be music to one NHL team’s ears.

Aaron Vickers is the managing editor of Future Considerations and can be found on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VickersFC. Follow the latest Future Considerations news and posts, follow FC’s Official Twitter Feed atwww.twitter.com/FCHockey.

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