The question is do you think he should still be given second-line centre duties? Or has he shown that he's not ready, and those minutes should go to someone like David Legwand (35.16% EV offensive zone start, higher than only Borowiecki) while Zibanjead gets a chance to find himself with less responsibility?
Sarah: This is a tough one because Mika might be like a Bobby Ryan in that he starts a season off slow. I think Mika has all of the tools in the world, he just can't quite figure out how to put the birdhouse together right now. I think he will improve over the season, however. I actually believe he's looked better in the past three games than the prior ones, as well.
That said, I'd prefer seeing him in more of a 3C role as of now. I think the Kid Line has been outplaying the 9-93-90/22 line combination for the past few games and actually look more like a second line. That could be more linemate issue though, as I think Lazar, Zibby, and Legwand are relatively interchangeable at this point. I'd like to try a 68-93-61 line to see how it works out for a second line.
Peter: I think that Mika Zibanejad is a 21-year-old player who is still figuring things out, and he needs ice time in order to do so. Since so much of the Senators' future hinges on his development continuing, and the team has such high hopes for him as a future first- or at least second-line centreman, that he needs to continue getting opportunities for the time being regardless of early-season possession metrics. His 16 goals and 33 points last season were not a fluke, and he hasn't simply forgotten how to play hockey; he's just in a funk, which he will get out of in due time.
I don't think Lazar is going to be loaned to Team Canada and I do agree that changing up Zibanejad's wingers would help a lot. But then it always becomes a question of what you do with Chiasson and Michalek. I haven't really loved any line that Chiasson has featured on this season and yet I've liked what I've seen from him.