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Jeff Blashill On Filip Zadina’s Play

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

“He’s done a pretty good job of understand he has to be a complete player, that the goal is to try to win the game," coach Jeff Blashill said. "You’re not going to score every shift and you’re not going to score every game, and yet you can still have a positive impact on the game.

“Filip has done a good job. Certainly he's progressed from a year ago. He's a better hockey player. He’s gaining more confidence, even in practice you could see him making plays. When you are young, you value, probably, production, and as you get older you start to realize it’s all about winning. Not that he doesn’t want to win, he totally does. But when you are young, a lot of times when you’re young you end up pressing or cheating for offense.

"He’s done a pretty good job of not doing that."

Zadina has four points (one goal) through his first 11 games. Considering Zadina played in his native Czech Republic through the autumn, while the NHL was still delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also the positive way Zadina ended his NHL season last year before injuring his ankle, much more was expected of Zadina offensively.

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Paul's avatar

Mathias Brome and defenseman Alex Biega recalled from the taxi squad.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/19/21 at 03:23 PM ET

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I would obviously play Svechnikov for either Nils or Fil or Erne, but if that’s not possible for whatever reasons, play him for Brome. We all love Brome’s effort, but zero points in 18 games playing half the season on a first line?

Posted by VPalmer on 02/19/21 at 03:46 PM ET

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Zadina “I think he has done a pretty good job”,  Repeat , Repeat, Repeat

Blashill hopefully gone soon after end of Season.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 02/21/21 at 10:33 AM ET

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