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As draft nears, Zibanejad's stock soaring

Updated: June 9, 2011, 2:56 PM ET
By Lars-Ove Haraldsson

At the start of the 2010-11 season, Mika Zibanejad was viewed as an interesting prospect who fell below several other Swedish forwards on early prospect rankings. With just two weeks left before the draft the high-intensity Swedish center has vaulted up those very same lists.

"He could be picked top-five and that wouldn't surprise," says one experienced scout. "The developmental steps he took after the Christmas break were very impressive. He's gone from interesting to promising and he did so playing in the Elite league with and against grown men."

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