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Young talent shined at Oshawa Rookie Tournament

Wednesday, 09.14.2011 / 1:15 PM / Prospects

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

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Young talent shined at Oshawa Rookie Tournament
The Ottawa Senators had the best showing at the Oshawa Rookie Tournament, led by 2011 first-round pick Mika Zibanejad.
OSHAWA, Ont. -- The Oshawa Rookie Tournament may have concluded, but the talent won't be forgotten any time soon.
 
The Ottawa Senators, who won the tournament with a 3-0 record, showed they have some significant skill in the pipeline. Mika Zibanejad, the sixth pick of the 2011 Entry Draft, scored two of the prettiest goals of the tournament, and his flash and willingness to go hard to the net will make him a contender for the big club in the next few weeks.

Stephane Da Costa will be another name on GM Bryan Murray's list after this past weekend. With 4 goals during the tournament, including the competition's only hat trick, his offensive skill definitely made waves here.

Robin Lehner was the best goaltender of the tournament, showing fantastic positioning and a cool demeanor throughout for the Sens. Lehner also recorded the only shutout this weekend.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a strong outing in Oshawa, finishing the tournament with a 2-1 record. Jake Gardiner and Greg McKegg helped find the back of the net for Toronto -- McKegg had 2 goals and 2 assists in three games, while Gardiner's 2 goals against Chicago on Saturday helped lead the Leafs to a victory. Toronto also saw consistent goaltending from Mark Owuya and Garret Sparks, who split the workload in net.

For the Chicago Blackhawks, the duo of Brandon Saad and Phillip Danault were the major standouts, with the team going 1-2 through three games of play. The chemistry between the two began early and often. Saad finished the tournament with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Danault contributed a goal and 2 assists.

As for the Pittsburgh Penguins, their 0-3 outing was a disappointment. The Penguins only scored two goals in three games this weekend, and struggled at both ends of the ice. One bright spot for Pittsburgh was Brandon DeFazio, who always was visible during his shifts and scored a goal during the game against Toronto on Sunday.
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