Mika Zibanejad’s time in the minors has come to a close — for now.
Zibanejad, Ottawa’s first-round pick (sixth overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled from AHL Binghamton after a successful stint with the B-Sens that saw him score two goals and seven points in six games.
The 20-year-old was a surprise final cut from the Sens roster following training camp, especially after playing well during the 2013 season, his first full NHL campaign.
Zibanejad finished fourth on the team in scoring (20 points in 42 games) — as a 19-year-old — then proceeded to score four points in 10 playoff games while averaging over 13 minutes a night.
A 6-foot-2, 211-pounder with skill, Zibanejad returns to the Sens at a crucial time. The club is facing an extremely difficult stretch of the the schedule — on Wednesday, the Sens play in Detroit, followed by home games against Anaheim and San Jose.
After that, it’s out to Chicago for a date at the United Center against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
UPDATE: According to Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Zibanejad was recalled because of a minor injury to Jean-Gabriel Pageau.