The hopes of the Detroit Red Wings, Filip Zadina, looked dangerous with the Griffins. Filmed February 19, 2019 in Detroit.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press

the Detroit The Red Wings have plans for a potential prospect. And they will start sometime after the NHL trading deadline.

General Manager Ken Holland told Free Press that the Wings are calling Filip Zadina "and give him the opportunity to play some games".

The Netherlands will not say when Zadina will be called, but after the trading deadline on Monday, teams can carry more than 23 players, although the salary cap is still in effect. Either way, there could be an opening if the Wings choose to send rookie Michael Rasmussen back into his junior club, Tri-City, as that's the only way to make Rasmussen eligible for the AHL playoffs. Rasmussen, 19, would have played well Sunday, but Gustav Nyquist would be sick, and he is expected to be when the Wings host Wednesday's Wednesday in Chicago.

The Wings pushed Zadina back to sixth overall last June after a dominant junior season where he produced 44 goals and 38 assists in 57 games with Halifax. Zadina, who turned 19 in November, struggled to create space and time during the exhibitions, and was sent to the Grand Rapids Griffins. He has 15 goals and 14 assists in 43 games.

Filip Zadina during a preseason game at the Little Caesars Arena on September 20, 2018 in Detroit. (Photo11: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images)

"He's showing more confidence, winning more puck fights, he seems to be better adapted to professional football," said Holland. "The points are the result of doing things right."

Zadina scored five points (four goals, three assists) in Wednesday's Griffins game against Rockford.

"From what I know about Zadina, he has played better," said Wings coach Jeff Blashill. "I think he and Marty Frk, their first game back, they were excellent. The following night, the team was not very good until the end and she made a huge comeback. It was the night when Zadina scored the winning goal. It was a real shot. Good for him on this subject. I think if Marty is here, you now have the chance to play with a player who is part of the elite American league. This is not a center, but an elite player of the American League. Let's hope that they can have excellent chemistry and that Zadina can continue to build his offensive game.

"When I looked at him, he was pretty good in defense. He has a pretty mature game for a young child. He just needs to keep working to be dangerous. I'd love to see it being ultra dangerous there. "

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When he will be called to Detroit – and it may not be until the Wings are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs – Zadina will play a maximum of nine games. If it goes beyond that, it triggers its entry-level contract. It does not make sense to lose a year of that, especially with an impending expansion project in 2021, when Seattle will debut with his NHL team. The rules are the same as those of the 2017 Vegas Expansion Project, which means that first- and second-year professionals are exempt from the selection (the Wings would not have to protect Zadina's S & # 39; 39, he played every game of 2019-20 and 2020-21).

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After the Wings traded Tomas Tatar in 2018, prospect Tyler Bertuzzi took advantage of the opening to make his way to the front row to play with Dylan Larkin. Zadina is not considered to be ready for the NHL as Bertuzzi was (Bertuzzi was 22 years old at the time and had already played 28 games with the 2017-18 season), but it was not the same. skill set of Zadina – elite playmaker with a superb shot – lends itself well to a spot on the wing of one of the first two lines. There will be an opening if the Wings negotiate GNyquist, but even if that does not happen, the Wings could give Zadina some paces with Larkin because of his ability to drive fouls.

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