Zibanejad scored a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Blues. Zibanejad continued his torrid start to the season with his fifth goal and fourth power-play tally in four games just 2:22 in. The 24-year-old pivot's having no trouble adjusting to the first-line center role in the wake of Derek Stepan's offseason trade to Arizona, but he hasn't gotten much help from his teammates yet. Zibanejad played at a career-best 54-point pace last year after seeing his point total rise in each of his first five NHL campaigns, and it appears his growth has continued this season.
Zibanejad potted his fourth goal of the season in Sunday's win over Montreal. Zibanejad has started the season with a bang, finding twine in all three contests thus far. The 24-year-old only netted 14 goals in an injury-riddled debut season with the Rangers, but he's showing he means business this time around. Zibanejad has always had a lethal shot, so given his top-line role and extensive power-play time, the former Senator is worth looking at in almost every league right now.
Zibanejad pocketed two first-period goals, both on the power play, in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday. Both goals came from powerful one-timers by the 24-year-old Swede, including one off a wonderful pass by Kevin Shattenkirk in his team debut. After missing 25 games last season, Zibanejad's presence on New York's top line will be vital to the team's success this season. The Rangers will need him to replicate his production Saturday, as they are faced with a tough road matchup against Toronto.
Zibanejad put pen to paper Tuesday on a five-year deal with the Rangers worth $26.75 million. Zibanejad will earn an average annual value of $5.35 million -- on par with the deals given to Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat and Detroit's Tomas Tatar. In his first year with New York, Zibanejad was limited to 56 appearances after suffering a broken fibula in mid-November. When he was healthy, the center racked up 14 goals and 23 assists. If he can suit up for a full 82 games -- or at least 70-plus -- the 24-year-old should get back to being the 20-goal scorer he was with the Senators.
Zibanejad decided to file for arbitration Wednesday. Despite missing 25 games with a broken leg, Zibanejad still managed to tally 14 goals, 23 helpers and 119 shots on goal while averaging 17:04 of ice time. If not for the injury, the 24-year-old almost certainly would have registered a third straight 40-plus-point campaign and could have challenged his career-high 51 -- facts that no doubt will be presented to an arbitrator if the two sides can't reach an agreement ahead of the hearing date.
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