After a demotion to Binghamton for letting 2 players come in and take his job and not doing anything about it in training camp, Mika Zibanejad‘s exile is over.
Zibanejad, whose demotion was a message to the player and the team in general, Zibanejad has done the right things in Binghamton, leading the club with 2 goals and 7 points in 6 games. Both of his goals have come with the man advantage, an particular area of need for Ottawa, a club that sports the 23rd ranked power play in the NHL.
He has also tied for the club lead in shots on goal with 17, which was one of the things he was told he needed to work on in his stint in the AHL.
While he will not come in and be the saviour, Zibanejad certainly has the talent to compete in the NHL, and depending on how he is deployed could provide an offensive spark for the Senators, who have looked terrible at times in the early part of the season, while looking ok at others.
Zibanejad joins the team for a tough stretch of games that includes the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks before the end of the month.