Senators Draft Mika Zibanejad 6th Overall


The Ottawa Senators have used the 6th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft to add centre Mika Zibanejad, from Djurgarden in the Swedish Elite League.

In getting Zibanejad, Ottawa nabs a big centre who will be a prolific offensive player, an ideal #2 centre in the future of the team, who could even push for the #1 role at some point.  He will be able to take a lot of the offensive pressure off Jason Spezza when he finally makes the jump to the NHL, while being responsible in his own end.  It is debatable as to whether he will play for the Senators next season, but he will be given every opportunity to make the club should he come to training camp this fall.  He will have to work on putting some size on his frame to compete at the NHL level.

Here is how the draft progressed before Ottawa’s pick:

#1 Edmonton – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Red Deer (WHL)

#2 Colorado – Gabriel Landeskog, Kitchener (OHL)

#3 Florida – Jonathan Huberdeau, Saint John (QMJHL)

#4 New Jersey – Adam Larsson, Skelleftea (SWE ELITE)

#5 New York Islanders – Ryan Strome, Niagara (OHL)

#6 Ottawa – Mika Zibanejad,

For more on Zibanejad, check out Tony’s draft profile from earlier in the week.



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