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Expect To See Filip Zadina In Detroit This Season

02/20/2019 at 12:10pm EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press the Wings will call up Filip Zadina “and give him an opportunity to play some games.”

Holland wouldn’t disclose when Zadina will be called up, but after Monday's trade deadline, teams can carry more than 23 players, though salary cap compliance is still in effect. There could be an opening anyway if the Wings opt to send rookie Michael Rasmussen back to his junior club, Tri-City, because doing so is the only way to make Rasmussen eligible for the AHL playoffs. Rasmussen, 19, would have been a healthy scratch Sunday but for Gustav Nyquist being ill, and is slated to be a healthy scratch when the Wings host Chicago Wednesday....

“My understanding on Zadina is he’s played better,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think him and Marty Frk, their first game back together, they were excellent. The next night the team wasn’t very good at all until the very end and they had a huge comeback. That was the night Zadina scored the game winner. It was a real shot. Good for him on that. I think having Marty there, now you have a chance to play with a guy that’s an elite American-league player — he’s not a center, but he’s an elite American-league player. Hopefully they can have great chemistry and Zadina can continue to build his offensive game.

“When I’ve watched him, he’s been pretty good defensively. He’s got a pretty mature game for a young kid. He just needs to continue to work on being dangerous. I’d love to see him be ultra dangerous down there.”

When he is called up to Detroit — and it might not be until the Wings are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs — Zadina will play a maximum of nine games. If he goes beyond that, it triggers his entry-level contract.


added 1:17pm, Wings' projected lineup is below.

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