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Filip Zadina Signs A Three-Year Entry-Level Contract


added 11:22am, Detroit press release is below.

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today signed right wing Filip Zadina to a three-year entry-level contract.

Zadina, 18, was selected by the Red Wings in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23, and went on to participate at Detroit’s Development Camp from June 26-30 at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena. The 6-foot, 196-pound winger spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Halifax Mooseheads, where he led the team with 44 goals among his 82 points (44-38-82) in 57 games, which placed seventh overall in league scoring. He also led QMJHL rookies in scoring and earned a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team, while winning the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league’s best professional prospect. Zadina also tied for the team lead in playoff scoring by collecting 12 points (5-7-12) in nine games.

The Pardubice, Czech Republic, native also represented the Czechs at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., leading the team with seven goals among his eight points in seven games to earn a spot on the WJC All-Star Team. He has played for the Czech Republic on several occasions, including back-to-back World Under-18 Championships in 2016 and 2017, combining for 11 points (7-4-11) in 10 games and earning honors as a top-three player on his team each year. He also helped the Czechs win gold at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with a team-leading seven points (5-2-7) in four games. Prior to 2017-18, Zadina developed with his hometown HC Pardubice in the top professional league in the Czech Republic and throughout the Czech junior ranks. He made his professional debut with HC Pardubice by playing in two games in the top Czech professional league in 2015-16, before registering his first two professional points (1-1-2) for the club the following season.

Filip Zadina, Right Wing
Born Nov 27 1999 -- Pardubice, Czech Rep.
Height 6.00 -- Weight 196 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 1 #6 overall 2018 NHL Entry Draft

                                            --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                        Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
2015-16  Pardubice HC                Czech   2    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
2016-17  Pardubice HC                Czech  25    1    1    2    4  --  --  --  --  --
2017-18  Halifax Mooseheads          QMJHL  57   44   38   82   36   9   5   7  12   0

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Paul's avatar

Filip Zadina tweet,

Just wanna say HUGE thanks to my family, agents and Especially to my teammates I would not be here in Detroit organizations without you ! Thanks a lot ! It’s a honour for me to get this opportunity ! I am so excited about upcoming season ! Thank you Detroit!!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/07/18 at 11:51 AM ET

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Craig Custance tweet,

Red Wings announce signing of Filip Zadina to entry level deal. NHL rules that he was on loan to Halifax, so he can play in AHL next season if necessary.

Don’t be surprised if Halifax pushes back on this though. May not be the end of this debate.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/07/18 at 01:15 PM ET

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Don’t be surprised if Halifax pushes back on this though. May not be the end of this debate.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/07/18 at 01:15 PM ET

That would be very self-harming I’d imagine.

I mean, do you REALLY want to raise a stink and discourage Euro clubs form loaning players to you?  If a player gets chosen in the import draft by Halifax, is he going to tell his Euro club, “You know what, don’t loan me there.  Look at what they did to Zadina”??

Posted by Primis on 07/07/18 at 02:22 PM ET

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General Zad!!

Posted by ilovehomers on 07/07/18 at 03:02 PM ET

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Craig Custance of The Athletic,

According to multiple sources, in doing this contract, the Red Wings got clarity from the NHL as to whether or not Zadina would have to go back to Halifax in the QMJHL if he doesn’t make the NHL this season. The Red Wings’ and Zadina camp’s stance is that he was on loan from his Czech team to Halifax, which would allow Detroit to send him to the AHL next season rather than back to the QMJHL.

The NHL, according to a source, received a document that was signed before the import draft which set out the terms of his agreement with Halifax — and states that it was only for the 2017-18 season. Prior to the import draft, Zadina had agreed with his Czech team that it would loan him for one year only to a North American junior league. The NHL also was provided a copy of the contract he signed in 2016 with the Czech team.

more ($$$)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/07/18 at 03:42 PM ET

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Great news!

Posted by TreKronor on 07/07/18 at 09:39 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/07/18 at 03:42 PM ET

Damning if true.  Halifax would be fools to appeal.

Maybe Cam Russel should be fired as Halifax GM for not understanding what he was doing.

Posted by Primis on 07/07/18 at 09:41 PM ET


He knew exactly what he was doing. He was trying to obfuscate to get his best goal scorer back. I’d be surprised if be didn’t know the exact situation.

Posted by teldar on 07/08/18 at 07:09 AM ET

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