The decision has been made. Mika Zibanejad has been sent back to Europe to play for Djugradens of the Swedish Elite League, thus saving a year on his entry level deal. I thought he was going to stay here for the year to develop, but Murray has been assured by Djurgardens management that Mika will be playing on their first line and powerplay units, so I suppose playing more might help him.
Bryan Murray on returning him to SEL:
Personally I'm a bit surprised they let him go, but perhaps it had a lot to do with his contract as well. It have to been a major factor right? I thought the kid was solid and played hard, and staying in the NHL would help him develop. I can't see how playing in an inferior league with a different ice surface and a way less physical style of play will hlep him be NHL ready. But what do I know.
Thoughts on Mika being sent back? Agree or disagree?