Marc 16, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators centerMika Zibanejad
(93) during warmup prior to game against Colorado Avalanche at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
1. Mika Zibanejad
Coming off a year where Zibanejad scored over 15 goals and 30 points, Zibanejad will have an opportunity to compete for a 2nd line center role on the Ottawa Senators.
With pressure from veteran center David Legwand, Zibanejad needs to come into camp with a good attitude and a higher compete level.
Last year, we saw Zibanejad cut from Ottawa after he came into training camp “expecting a role”. Ottawa saw a higher compete and want from Stephane Da Costa, and the contract situations worked out such that no player had to be waived, for the time being.
It’s very rare and unlikely we see a situation similar to last year’s training camp cut, but Zibanejad still does not require waivers.
It’s been said Zibanejad has added weight and size to his game this off-season. With an already big body (6’2, 211 lbs), Zibanejad will be able to showcase his size come training camp.
Competing Role: 2nd Line Center