Meet the Senators’ three first round picks

Who are Mika Zibanejad, Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen?

Mika Zibanejad at a glance

Birthdate: April 18, 1993, age 18
Birthplace: Huddinge, Sweden
6-2, 192 pounds
Position: Centre
Shoots: Right
2010-11 statistics: Playing with two teams, including 26 games with Djurgarden in the Swedish Elite League, scored 20 goals and added 15 assists in 45 total games.
International play: In 19 games with Sweden’s under-18 team, scored 13 goals and had 10 assists.
What the scouts said: “Future power forward with soft hands and great vision. Strong skater, more sturdy and solid than fast, but that enables him to play along the boards and in the corners effectively. Not afraid to make a big hit and play a physical game. No longer the best-kept secret in Europe. Should go in the top 10 of a very deep draft.”
Quick facts: Father is Iranian and mother is Finnish, and he speaks four languages, including English.
Future: Senators GM Bryan Murray says Zibanejad will be given every chance to make the team for 2011-12. Projects to be a No. 2 centre behind Jason Spezza.

Matt Puempel at a glance

Birthdate: Jan. 24, 1993, age 18
Birthplace: Essex, Ont.
6-0, 190 pounds
Position: Left wing
Shoots: Left
2010-11 statistics: In second season with Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League, he scored 34 goals and added 35 assists for 69 points in 55 games.
What the scouts said: “Does a great job of setting up his teammates, and has a sweet shot and soft hands. But his minus-33 rating has drawn attention to his defensive liabilities, especially in his own end. Bringing the same level of intensity from game to game is also something he needs to work on.”
Tidbits: Named both OHL and CHL rookie of the year in his first season with Peterborough. Youngest player in the Petes’ rich history to score 33 goals in a season.

Stefan Noesen
at a glance

Birthdate; Feb. 12, 1993, age 18
Birthplace: Plano, Texas
6-1, 193 pounds
Position: Right wing
Shoots: Right:
2010-11 season: In his second year with Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, he scored 34 goals, 43 assists for 77 points in 69 games. Also had 80 penalty minutes.
What the scouts said: “Never considered a flashy player and likely will not be at the pro level either. He has a booming shot and finds ways to set up teammates using his grit and size. Still, he is not an overly physical player, but he competes hard and can play tough when he needs to. He seems to show up in big games
Tidbits: He was born the same year as the Dallas Stars, his favourite team growing up, began play in the NHL. His interest in hockey came from his grandfather, a Canadian.

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