Dallas Stars: Mika Zibanejad
June, 11, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects for the NHL Entry Draft focuses on forward Mika Zibanejad, who plays in the Swedish Elite League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Mika Zibanejad. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: April 18, 1993/Stockholm, Sweden
Height/Weight: 6-2/191 pounds
2010-11 Team: Djurgarden (Sweden, Jr./Sweden Elite)
|NHL Central Scouting||2nd (European skaters)|
|Red Line Report||14th overall|
|International Scouting Services||7th overall|
|The Hockey News||11th overall|
|Played at both the junior level in the Swedish Elite League with Djurgarden. In the SEL he registered 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 26 games. Had 21 points (12 goals, 9 assists) in 27 games. Had a team-high 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists) in 6 games as Sweden took silver medal at Under-18 World Championship.|
|Played at two levels of junior hockey in Sweden in 2009-10 and played internationally as well. Registered 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 6 games at the 2010 Under-17 World Challenge, leading the tournament in goals and helping Sweden win a bronze medal.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Skating, shot (graded up for hands), hockey sense.
Negatives: Emotional judgment in games, bad temper.
Link: ESPN.com Mika Zibanejad Profile
|"Mika's a real power forward but also has soft hands, good vision and fine skating skills. He has tremendous balance and is hard to knock off the puck. He's very strong in the battles along the boards, finishes checks with authority and has a heavy shot that he gets off quickly. Mika's a competitive player who is willing to pay the price to score a goal. He does have a very good understanding of his defensive duties." - Goran Stubb, NHL Director of European Scouting
"A very intense player, Zibanejad has extremely explosive technical skills combined with great power and a determined work ethic. He applies tremendous physical pressure on the puck carrier in all zones and can really hammer opponents with his hitting ability. He displayed excellent awareness and intelligence away from the puck and is always calculating his next move." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Has the four S's: size, speed, skill and shot." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
|2010-11||Djurgarden (Sweden, Jr.)||27||12||9||21||+18||12|
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