Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mika Zibanejad Autographed Card

The trade that sent Derick Brassard from the New York Rangers to the Ottawa Senators yesterday also took Mika Zibanejad by surprise; the Swede was comfortable playing on the Sens alongside countryman Erik Karlsson and with former team captain Daniel Alfredsson now in the team's administrative staff.

He'd been trending upwards and improving ever since he came to the NHL and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future, likely garnering him a huge raise from his current $3.25M salary:
A 30-goal and/or 70-point season is not out of the question for the now-23-year-old in the next few years - perhaps even for the next few years. He's also likely to be a staple of Team Sweden, with whom he already has gold (2012 World Juniors), silver (2011 World U-18 Championships) and bronze (2010 World U-17 World Championships) medals.

Here he is sporting Stockholm's famous Djurgårdens IF Hockey team's away uniform, on card #9 from In The Game's 2011-12 Heroes And Prospects set and International sub-set:
He signed it in blue sharpie two seasons ago after a game against the Montréal Canadiens.

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