In 2019-20 Detroit Red Wings prospect Filip Zadina gave flashes he was ready for the NHL. During last years training camp Zadina was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins lacking confidence in his game. Filip Zadina was loaned by the Red Wings to a European league after the COVID-19 forced NHL shutdown. While playing in the league Zadina found his confidence and is now on a different level.
After being recalled last November, Zadina had 8 goals and 7 assists in 28 games for the Detroit Red Wings. Zadina missed a chunk of time with a broken ankle.
For a young player, to miss 10 months due to the shutdown would have stunted growth. That is why Red Wings general manager, Steve Yzerman made the right call in lending out some of the organizations prospects. Development is critical for young players.
The Red Wings and Zadina used the time in Europe to both rehab from his broken ankle as well as get back into game shape. It is important to mention that the Red Wings gave Zadina some key things to work on. Compete on the puck something the young forward has gotten better at, but needed to clean up.
Zadina also focused on playing strong. He was knocked around during his NHL time and needed to play up to his strength and not be moved so easily off the puck. Upon his return to Detroit for training camp Filip Zadina said he feels more confident.
It is early but with the time in Europe Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said that Zadina has developed a much better give and go game. Zadina, showed up at camp sporting more muscle and weight.
The 2018 first round draft pick for the Detroit Red Wings, Zadina looks like his is on a collision course to become a go-to player for the Red Wings offense. His game is now coming close to resembling his scouting report.
For the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings this is very much welcomed.