Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/27/13
Mika Zibanejad is actually on a three-game point scoring streak. It started six days ago, when he had a goal and two assists in Bridgeport to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 6-5 win over the Sound Tigers. From his exile to the minors, Ottawa's first round pick in 2011 has rapidly climbed back into a position of importance with the big team. Zibanejad finished Friday's game on the top line, with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek -- and practiced there Saturday, too -- but while coach Paul MacLean refused to confirm the 20-year old Swede will be on the No. 1 unit when the Senators host the Sharks, after the loss to the Ducks he also called Zibanejad one of his best players in the 2-1 defeat. Zibanejad scored the lone goal of the game, building on a run that includes an assist in Detroit Wednesday, his first night back in the NHL "Obviously not," Zibanejad said Saturday when asked if a week ago he imagined he'd be on Spezza's line anytime soon. "But I'll take it. "I think it's going to be fun to get a crack at it, and to keep working," he added. "I think that's the biggest thing, that's why I've got a chance with those guys. I've been working hard, skating and competing, playing my game. I've been trying to listen to what (the coaches) have to say, what they want me to do, and work on it. I'm trying to do that. Now I've just got to keep going." Long term, MacLean still sees Zibanejad as a centre. But he still has more to learn about the position at this level. On the wing, Zibanejad was able to effectively use his speed and size Friday. His five recorded hits were second only to Jared Cowen's six, and his forechecking created opportunities.
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