MIka Zibanejad

The way Mika Zibanejad tried to recruit Artemi Panarin

Mika Zibanejad told Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that he tried selling Artemi Panarin on coming to the Rangers when Columbus came to MSG on 4/5/18. (Sportsnet)

Zibanejad said that he was “just trying to get” Panarin “a little bit” while he told him that Panarin would be a “welcome” addition to the Rangers. (Sportsnet)

He said that Panarin was “just laughing” in response. (Sportsnet)


That night at MSG, Panarin scored a goal and the shootout winner as Columbus clinched a playoff spot:

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Zibanejad described Panarin as “slippery” on the ice, that he is consistently making unexpected plays and doesn’t panic with the puck in “stressful situations.” (Sportsnet)