Originally written December 19, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The World Junior Championships begin on December 26th in Ufa, Russia.  They will be a stronger tournament that usual because players who would be in the NHL are available since they are locked out.  Except things are not quite that simple.  Even though the NHL is locked out, one team is preventing their player from participating in the tournament. Mika Zibanejad is Ottawa Senator property.  They drafted him sixth overall in 2011.  He participated in the 2012 World Junior Championships and scored the gold medal winning goal  He is one of the top junior aged played in the world.  He played nine NHL games last season before finishing his season in Sweden.  This season he is playing in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators and has not been a star.  He has only one goal and six assists in sixteen games played.  The Sens feel that he would be better served playing in the AHL than in the World Junior Championships.  That is a questionable statement and when the lockout is considered it is...
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