Senators prospect Zibanejad close to retuning to Binghamton

Mika Zibanejad at practice during the Senators Training Camp held in Binghamton.

Mika Zibanejad at practice during the Senators Training Camp held in Binghamton.

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:51 AM ET

For the time being, Mika Zibanejad’s development is caught in a holding pattern.

The Ottawa Senators’ prospect has been out for nearly a month with a variety of non-hockey ailments — starting with the removal of four wisdom teeth, followed up by a bout of strep throat and rounding out the trifecta was dealing with a serious stomach flu.

Despite the unnatural hat trick, Zibanejad was in good spirits when reached in Binghamton, N.Y., home of the Senators’ primary affiliate.

“It’s a new team from last year and a young team. It has been a process, but I feel it’s getting better and better,” said Zibanejad, a sixth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, who appeared in seven NHL games last season before returning home to play in Sweden. “It’s good, fast-paced hockey and you just have to go with your instincts. There are only positives so far.”

 


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