According to Alain Vigneault and other sources like SB Nation, Mika Zibanejad; the high flying Rangers forward will be out for 6-8 weeks with a broken Fibula. This is a huge blow for the Rangers and fantasy owners who have the Swede. Even though it sucks, this is sports, you can't dwell on injuries, you just need to move on and replace the player. The first step I would take is to read our blog about bargains in the New York Rangers team (who would be easy replacements for Mika). But every league is different so to make sure you are completely set, here are three players you can replace him with.
Note: No Rangers will be on this list
Brock Nelson - New York Islanders
2016/17 Stats: G: 5, A:7, PPP:3, SHP: 1, +/-: 3
Even though the Islanders have been pretty poor this season, Brock Nelson has been one of the better players for them. The Center/Left Winger has the same amount of goals as Mika Zibanejad and even though his assist numbers aren't as good with his time on the Power Play with John Tavares, he would be an extremely smart pick up until Mika comes back.
Paul Byron - Montreal Canadiens
2016/17 Stats: G: 7, A:5, PPP:0, SHP: 1, +/-: 7
Paul Byron is having an amazing season with the Canadians as he is one of the reasons why they are cruising on top of the Eastern Conference standings. Byron is tied for first on the team with goals (seven) which is even more impressive due to the fact he's seventh on his team in average time ice time (forwards only) with playing just below 14:00 minutes a game. These stats mean two things, when he is on the ice he is always a danger and his time on ice will be increasing as he tallies more goals. Even though he will probably slow down, he is a safe pick for the time being.
Alexander Wennberg - Columbus Blue Jackets
2016/17 Stats: G: 3, A:14, PPP:10, GWG:1, +/-: 6
If you are in 60% of leagues that have Alexander Wennberg as a free agent what are you even doing? The Center for Columbus has an amazing year as he is leading the NHL in Power Play Points with 10 (everyone knows how important PPP's are!). When you look at Mika Zibanejad best assets, his assist record is up there, which is what makes Wennberg the perfect replacement for not just for 6-8 weeks but a great pick up in general. The Blue Jackets have been scoring goals for fun it seems compared to last year as they are in the top 10 in goals this season. He is a must pick up for ANY fantasy owner.
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