Zibanejadwho?

Sens chose Mika Zibanejad with the 6th overall pick.  When you figure out how to pronounce that please let us know!

Hard to comment on a player we don’t know much about.  But here’s the results of some quick Google searching:

Zibanejad was ranked 6th overall in the last ISS rankings in May… but was not selected in the top 10 in the TSN mock draft (he went 11th).

Zibanejad was raised in Huddinge, Sweden.  His father is Iranian and his mother is Finnish.

From Wikipedia:

Zibanejad began playing hockey at the age of six in Hammarby IF, where he played a total of seven seasons before the club became bankrupt in 2008.

He moved to AIK IF’s youth organization for the following season where he began playing junior hockey. He was acquired by Djurgårdens IF for the 2009–10 season, to play in Djurgården’s J18-team and J20-team.

Zibanejad made his Elitserien debut on 7 December 2010 against Luleå HF, and scored his first Elitserien goal on 15 January 2011 against Tuomas Tarkki of Modo Hockey.

He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 KHL Junior Draft by Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, 129th overall.

On 7 February 2011, Zibanejad signed a two-year contract extension with Djurgården.

Zibanejad became a regular player in the senior roster after his debut, playing in 26 of the remaining 29 games.

He scored five goals and nine points, which put him third in points for players 18 or younger playing with the senior team, behind Fredrik Bremberg and Jacob Josefson.

Some videos:

Zibanejad puts Klingberg over the boards

Mika Zibanejad ***** up Adam Larsson

Mika takes on 4 bad guys with puck… GOAL

Zibanejad interview at NHL Combine

1 comments
Da lil Guy
Da lil Guy

I don't think you can argue that Ziba came out of nowhere - he's been steadily moving up most rankings for a while now (while Couturier was trending down). Some were saying he might go in the top 5. The bigger surprise is Noeson - who most had pegged in the mid to late thirties. Though there have been numerous assurances that he would not have been available. He played in Michigan prior to moving to Plymouth - possible he was the guy detroit wanted with 24 before they traded to us?