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Video- Filip Zadina’s Goal Is To Play In The NHL

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via Sportsnet,

The Halifax Mooseheads have a history of grooming European players into top draft picks for the NHL, and is why one of top ranked draft prospects, Filip Zadina left the Czech Republic for Nova Scotia.

Elliotte Friedman with the feature.

 

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The Wings Drafted The Best Available Player

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from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

On a night when they absolutely needed to ace a pick, the Red Wings selected the forward with perhaps the best scorer’s shot in the NHL Draft — a player who already is noted for playing the game all along the 200 feet of ice.

Filip Zadina, ranked third or fourth in the draft by most authoritative scouts, came sixth to a club that needs solid NHL careers from more of its entry draft selections, as certainly as it needs stars to stock its next Stanley Cup contender.

The 18-year-old, 6-foot-1, 195-pound native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, could well play in the NHL by 20, a month into the 2019-20 season.

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Detroit Red Wings Select Joe Veleno With The 30th Pick In The NHL Draft

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via Craig Button of TSN,

Hometown: Kirkland, QC Nationality: CAN
HT: 6-1   WT: 191   Shoots: Left
TSN Ranking  Mid: 15  Final: 14
NHL Ranking  Mid: 13  Final: 8

Craig Button's Analysis
"Very industrious, diligent centre who doesn’t possess elite skills but will find ways to contribute in multiple areas."

Projection: Top 9 All-Around Centre
Comparable: Lars Eller

Below, Bob McKenzie of TSN on Filip Zadina...

added 10:58pm, A ten minute, over three years highlight package of Veleno is below....

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All Filip Zadina

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via the NHL PR department,

Q. Were you surprised to go to Detroit?

FILIP ZADINA: Yeah, obviously I was kind of surprised, but I’m happy that I could be here, so it’s an awesome team. So I’m just excited to go with them and hopefully it’s going to go well.

Q. How surprised are you that you did fall to sixth?

FILIP ZADINA: I don’t want to call it that I fall to sixth. It’s a draft and I am in Detroit, so I don’t care what position I’m in. I’m a Detroit player. I just want to prove to Detroit that they have done a pretty good decision, so I’m just glad that I could be here.

Q. There was talk about going to Montreal. Did you expect them to pick you?

FILIP ZADINA: You know, it’s hard to say because, you know, everybody was probably expecting that I’m going to be in Montreal. But it’s a draft, so it can happen. Anything in the draft, and you see. So I was projected third and I’m going six.

I mean, like I don’t really care about the number. I’m just glad I can be in Detroit. It’s an awesome team and hopefully it’s going to fit me well.

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Detroit’s Press Release On Filip Zadina

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Below, added a video of Zadina being selected by the Wings.

 


DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today selected right wing Filip Zadina in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Zadina, 18, was a member of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2017-18, his first season playing in North America, leading the club with 44 goals and ranking among his team’s leaders with 38 assists (T3rd), 82 points (2nd), a plus-23 rating (2nd), eight power-play goals (T2nd), 20 power-play points (2nd), three shorthanded goals (2nd) and 234 shots on goal (2nd). He finished seventh overall in QMJHL scoring and led the league’s rookies to earn a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team and QMJHL All-Rookie Team. The 6-foot, 196-pound forward was also awarded the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league’s best professional prospect. Zadina co-led the Mooseheads in playoff scoring, registering 12 points (5-7-12) in nine games.

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The Detroit Red Wings Select Filip Zadina With The 6th Pick In The 1st Round

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added 8:35pm,

 

 

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Washington Trades Brooks Orpik And Philipp Grubauer To Avs For A Pick

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Colorado release is below.

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Open Post- 2018 NHL Draft

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TV Coverage begins at 7:00pm ET on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

The NHL Draft starts just after 7:30pm and feel free to comment on the picks, trades, etc.

Rounds 2-7 will start at 11:00am ET on Saturday and televised on the NHL Network and Sportsnet.

This post is yours, feel free to comment away.

Sportsnet Draft Tracker and Signings and Trades.

TSN Draft Tracker, Trade Tracker and Free Agent Tracker.

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Let’s Call It A Live Blog For The NHL Draft

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A general open post will go up at 6:30pm ET in the KK Hockey section but I figured Detroit fans may want a specific one regarding the Wings.

The actual draft begins at 7:30pm on NBCSN and Sportsnet.

Feel free to discuss Detroit's picks tonight (#6 and #30) and anything else that could happen.

Rounds 2-7 start at 11:00am tomorrow on NHL Network and Sportsnet.

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Naming Names

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from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN,

The NHL Awards are over, which means that the yelling could begin.

Every year, there are votes that boggle the mind, and this year was no exception. Some of them are egregious -- like Mathew Barzal getting anything less than a first- or second-place vote for the Calder Trophy -- and some of them are just curiously baffling, like putting Vladimir Tarasenko fifth on a Selke Trophy ballot in the hopes that he eventually plays defense, one assumes.

Fans see these votes, and start hurling bile at the voters for their malfeasance. For example: Who left Nathan MacKinnon off their Hart Trophy ballots completely, when the Colorado Avalanche center had one of the most rock-solid cases for either winning the award or finishing second?

Well, it turns out that Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, Ansar Khan of MLive.com, Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle and Steve Zipay of Newsday did. None of them voted Taylor Hall of the Devils, who won the award, in first place either. Hickey had both Evgeni Malkin (first) and Sidney Crosby (fifth) on the same ballot.

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