Your Ottawa Senators made a tough decision today as they sent 2011 first round draftee, Mika Zibanejad back to Sweden. In going back to Sweden, Mika will suit up for Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League and it’s expected Mika will play first line minutes and will most likely suit up for Team Sweden in the World Juniors in late December.
Here’s Mika’s exit interview with the Ottawa media before he left the Sens for the season.
And here is GM Bryan Murray speaking about the decision to send Mika back home.
As Murray stated, this move is all about development. Ottawa wants Zibanejad to develop into a good-to-great top six forward in the future and they didn’t think he would get that opportunity this season here in Ottawa. As Zibanejad showed last season, he has the potential to dominate games and be an offensive power forward. Hopefully with more minutes and a bigger role in Sweden, he can turn into the second coming of Mats Sundin.
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