Sens send Zibanejad to Bingo

Mika Zibanejad is heading to the Sens minor-league affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y. (Tony Caldwell/QMI...

Mika Zibanejad is heading to the Sens minor-league affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:35 PM ET

OTTAWA - Mika Zibanejad is Bingo-bound.

Zibanejad, 18, the Senators' first selection from last summer's draft (No. 6 overall), spent the season in the Swedish Elite League playing for Djurgarden after making a nine-game appearance for the Senators.

He became the youngest Swedish player to debut in the NHL and the youngest player to play for Ottawa.

Zibanejad was loaned to Djurgarden on Oct. 26, 2011 after recording one assist and two penalty minutes in nine NHL games.

In 26 regular season games with Djurgarden, Zibanejad scored five goals, while adding eight assists and four penalty minutes.

He scored the "Golden Goal" in overtime for Sweden in the gold medal game at the World Junior Championship in Calgary, ending a 31-year drought for the Swedes at the tournament.

With the AHL regular season entering its final weekend, the B-Sens next see action on Friday when they visit Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Zibanejad joins fellow 2011 first-rounder Matt Puempel (No. 24 overall), who joined Binghamton after his Peterborough Petes failed to qualify for the OHL playoffs.


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