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They Could Become Impact Players

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

When you examine the Red Wings' roster, there are certain candidates who look capable of having breakthrough seasons beginning in October — or are capable of big comeback seasons, coming off injuries.

Here are five Wings who could have big impacts with improved individual efforts:

Filip Zadina — Zadina will likely top many of these preseason lists.

The expectations have been high for Zadina since he was drafted sixth overall in 2018. He doesn’t turn 22 until November. There’s no doubt Zadina was better playing on the defensive side of the puck last season, being a more complete player, and regularly earning the praise of coach Jeff Blashill.

But with just six goals and 13 assists (19 points) in 49 games he underperformed. Zadina has yet to show consistent offensive explosiveness as was expected when he was drafted.

Given the Wings’ acquisitions and expected return to health of Dylan Larkin, Robby Fabbri and Tyler Bertuzzi, Zadina will find himself with offensively capable linemates.

The pieces are in place, along with the NHL experience at this point, for Zadina to have a breakthrough season.

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RWBill's avatar

Although seemingly written off by some the last two seasons, DeKeyser should be an important player on the ice and a good influence for others.

Posted by RWBill on 09/12/21 at 07:35 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Would love to see more goals from General Zad

Posted by ilovehomers on 09/13/21 at 08:01 AM ET

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