Mika Zibanejad has been a centreman throughout his hockey career so he was a bit surprised when he arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre Saturday to find out he’d be lining up on the right wing beside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur for an Ottawa Senators intrasquad game.

Mika Zibanejad has been a centreman throughout his hockey career so he was a bit surprised when he arrived at the Canadian Tire Centre Saturday to find out he’d be lining up on the right wing beside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur for an Ottawa Senators intrasquad game.

No matter he said. If that’s what it takes to help out the team — which still hasn’t managed to identify someone to fill that key top six position after watching Cory Conacher and Mike Hoffman take reps there – he’s willing to try anything.

So what was the verdict after playing three 20-minute periods against his colleagues?

“I was not used to it at the beginning” he said. “I think the longer the game went the more and more comfortable (it got) and I got into the game better and found some chemistry with (Turris and MacArthur.”

Zibanejad who’s used to relying on his speed to find open space said one of the biggest adjustments was making the constant stops and starts required of wingers rather than just flowing up and down the ice helping in both zones.

“I think it’s good for me and if I can play both it’s perfect” he said. “I think a bit more time and it could be something good.”

Zibanejad scored seven goals and 13 assists in 42 games last season playing mostly as a centre.