Mika Zibanejad has been a centreman throughout his hockey career, so he was a bit surprised when he arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre Saturday to find out he’d be lining up on the right wing beside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur for an Ottawa Senators intrasquad game.
Even though the National Hockey League’s jersey police are on the lookout for players who commit the unseemly crime of tucking their team shirts into their pants, it was news to Ottawa Senators centre Mika Zibanejad — at least before Thursday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The 20-year-old former first-round pick of the Ottawa Senators has been training all summer for this. He says he’s been spending three to four hours, almost daily, working on his craft. But he’s still nervous.