Sometimes we forget just how young top NHL prospects really are. There’s a very real possibility that the scoring hero of the last world junior hockey championships — namely, Senators first round pick Mika Zibanejad — could once again be back representing Sweden come Christmas time.
Mika Zibanejad’s best day of the 2011-12 hockey season was unquestionably Jan. 5. That’s when he scored at 10:09 of overtime to give Sweden a 1-0 victory over Russia and its first gold medal in the world juniors since 1981, a huge moment in Swedish hockey history.
Mark Stone has put up some impressive numbers so far this year, but he knows that’s only one part of the big picture in his dream to play in the National Hockey League. The 19-year-old captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings racked up 19 goals and 27 assists — 46 points in his first 22 games — to lead the entire Canadian Hockey League in scoring. The right winger is also one of the Ottawa Senators’ most enticing young prospects.