To start the season, Mika Zibanejad had 22 points in 24 games before suffering a concussion and missing nine games.
Since returning, in December Zibanejad has had:
- December: 5 games, 0 points, 11 shots, 16:03 per game
- January: 12 games, 6 points, 35 shots, 17:53 per game
- February: 14 games, 4 points, 47 shots, 17:08 per game
- March: 6 games, 8 points, 23 shots, 18:40
Alain Vigneault said that he felt Mika Zibanejad's game on 1/3 against Chicago was a step in the "right direction".
He said that the Rangers need Zibanejad to be at his best in the way that Toews, Kane and Sharp were for Chicago on Wednesday.
Vigneault said that the Rangers have preached some patience with Zibanejad after being out for a while but said that they need him to continue trending in the "right direction."
Zibanejed said in early February that he hasn't been good enough offensively and that he doesn't want to use his recent concussion as an excuse. (Hockey Sverige)
He said that right now there is nothing hampering his game and that when points aren't coming it's easy to lose confidence in your ability to produce. (Hockey Sverige)
Zibanejad turns 25 a few weeks after the season ends and is in the first-year of a five-year deal that has a cap hit of $5.35 million.
He has five points in the past two games.
Adam Rotter: It's been up and down for Mika this year. He has shown the ability to be a number one center and at other times he has shown he can just be a number two and PP trigger man. I don't think he is going anywhere this summer, though next season will be a big proving ground for him because it will be the Rangers last chance for the Rangers to move him before his no-move clause kicks in for the final three-years. He's still young, he's very skill and he has shown he can be an impact player. If Zibanejad can stay healthy and work on his consistency then the Rangers rebuild will take a giant step forward. If he continues to be who he has been, which is a good offensive center but more of a 2/3 than a number one, the Rangers will continue their on-going search to find a top-line center.