Mika Zibanejad is a 6'1", 195 lbs center. Ranked second among European skaters by Central Scouting, the Swedish forward split the season between the top junior league in Sweden and the Swedish Elite League. He's an impressive competitor, and tireless worker. He has huge puck desire, and is strong in the faceoff circle. His stick isn't his best asset, and has yet to reach the same level as his puck-hunger, while his offensive skills still need development.
Zibanejad had the fourth-best grade (70) among his draft-eligible teammates. His mark was carried by his strong play in the neutral-zone. He won 2 neutral-zone puck-battles, successfully carried the puck into the offensive-zone on 5 separate occasions, while dumping the puck in deep 3 times.
Zibanejad (#21) had the fourth-best overall risk/reward rating among his draft-eligible teammates, and the second-best rating among draft-eligible forwards.
|EVENTS/ MIN||4.40||EVENTS/ MIN|
Out of ten draft-eligible teammates in the game, Zibanejad had the sixth-best offensive-zone risk/reward rating. He won 7 of 11 offensive-zone puck-battles, but was unsuccessful each of the three times he tried to beat opposing players 1on1.
|OZ POS||13||OZ POS|
|OZ NEG||11||OZ NEG|
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.60||EVENTS/ MIN|
Zibanejad had the fourth-best defensive-zone risk/reward rating among his draft-eligible teammates. He won 6 of 9 defensive-zone puck-battles, was successful with 7 if 10 defensive-zone pass-attempts, and managed 4 separate defensive-zone takeaways.
|DZ POS||19||DZ POS||331|
|DZ NEG||6||DZ NEG||86|
|EVENTS/ MIN||1.67||EVENTS/ MIN||0.60|
Zibanejad had the second-best risk/reward rating in the game. As mentioned earlier, his neutral-zone play carried his grade. He made excellent puck-decisions, while using his speed to engage in, and win neutral-zone puck-battles.
|NZ POS||13||NZ POS|
|NZ NEG||3||NZ NEG|
|EV/ MIN||1.07||EVENTS/ MIN|
Raw data from the World Under-18 championship final against the USA.
|SKI +||5||SKI +|
|PK DUMP+||1||PK DUMP+|
|PK DUMP-||PK DUMP-|
|PS THRU||2||PS THRU|
|OZ PS BL||1||OZ PS BL|
|POINTS X2||POINTS X2|