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Senators Camp: Top pick Zibanejad impresses

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:21 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / Super Saturday

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Senators Camp: Top pick Zibanejad impresses
KANATA, Ont. -- Mika Zibanejad is experiencing his first taste of training camp with the Ottawa Senators, and has yet to look out of place.

"The scrimmage was fun," Zibanejad said. "It was maybe the next level (compared to the Oshawa Rookie Tournament). It was really high-paced."

The young center confessed to having stars in his eyes while playing alongside one of his idols, Daniel Alfredsson. Zibanejad skated on the same line as the captain and Milan Michalek for both the practice and scrimmage.

"You have to pinch yourself in the arm every time you see him out on the same ice as you," Zibanejad said. "It was a dream come true, for sure."

Alfredsson admitted Saturday to being impressed with the 18-year-old.

"He's a powerful skater and strong on the puck," Alfredsson said.  "It's fun to be out there with him. He's quite a bit younger than I am, so I'm going to hopefully let him do the backchecking."
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We think that Randy is a very good coach. Our players think that Randy is a very good coach. We think that he's going to get the most out of this group. With the addition of the two assistants, a bit of a different dynamic, we're very comfortable that this is a quality coaching staff that's going to maximize the potential of this team.

— Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on head coach Randy Carlyle and his staff