In his preseason debut with the Rangers, Mika Zibanejad had a goal, two assists, 5 shots on goal and was named first star of the game.
He also had 1 shot attempt that was blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 1 giveaway, 3 takeaways, 2 blocked shots and was 11 and 10 on faceoffs.
Zibanejad played 12:37 at even strength, 2:38 on the PP and 3:25 on the PK.
He played 6:11 in the first, 6:01 in the second and 6:28 in the third.
Zibanejad said that he doesn't want to "think that highly" since it's one goal in one game but added that it's "obviously nice to get a good start." (NYR Game Notes)
Chris Kreider praised Zibanejad and said that he knows where everyone is on the ice and that often he is surprised when Zibanejad feeds him the because "I'mvery surprised that they even know I'm there."
Adam Rotter: It was preseason, not regular season, but the impact Zibanejad made reminded me a bit of Derick Brassard's debut with the Rangers. Brassard had just arrived, scored four points and looked like he was about to become a big part of the current and future Rangers. I got that same feeling with Zibanejad. He looked comfortable on the ice, showed off his shot, his passing and also showed why the Rangers felt they could move a core player like Brassard for him.