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A2Y- Filip Zadina Activated And Assigned To Grand Rapids For Conditioning

02/02/2023 at 9:55am EST

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today activated right wing Filip Zadina from injured reserve and assigned him to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins for conditioning.

Zadina, 23, has been limited to nine games this season due to injury, recording four penalty minutes, 12 shots and nine hits in 13:57 average time on ice. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward skated in 74 games with the Red Wings in 2021-22 and logged a career-high 24 points (10-14-24) and 10 penalty minutes. Zadina ranked among the team leaders last season with 10 goals (10th), 14 assists (9th), four power play goals (6th), eight power play points (T5th) and 154 shots (6th). Originally selected by the Red Wings in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Zadina has totaled 61 points (25-36-61) and 16 penalty minutes in 169 NHL games, while adding 51 points (25-26-51) and 26 penalty minutes in 80 AHL contests with the Griffins from 2018-20. He also notched 14 points (8-6-14) and 18 penalty minutes in 17 games with HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech Extraliga before returning to Detroit for the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.

Prior to being drafted by the Red Wings, Zadina spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, racking up 82 points (44-38-82) in 57 games to place 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 appearances. On the international circuit, the Pardubice, Czech Republic, native represented his country at the 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships. At the 2018 tournament, Zadina led the Czechs with seven goals and eight points in seven games, earning a spot on the WJC All-Star Team. He previously won a gold medal at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament after posting a tournament-best seven points (5-2-7) in four games. Zadina made his professional debut with HC Pardubice in the top Czech professional league, contributing two points (1-1-2) over 27 games from 2015-17.


In Ilitch related news...

Keith Law of The Athletic ranked the 30 MLB teams according to their prospects.

Oh no...

30. Detroit Tigers

The new regime in Detroit faces a big challenge here, as very little has gone right for the Tigers’ farm system in recent years. From the 2016 through 2021 drafts, their top three picks by WAR to date are Tarik Skubal, Casey Mize … and John Schreiber, signed for $6,000 in the 15th round. Their international free-agent classes have been totally unproductive. And we haven’t seen many players get better once in the system over the last decade, whether they come in as reasonably polished players or not. Matt Manning might be the one big exception to that, as the Tigers did help him with his delivery when he had trouble throwing strikes, but he’s the outlier. There is still a decent bit of underdeveloped talent just lying around here, with the new player development group only in place for about a year, and there will be a lot of high draft picks to come. It’s lean times ahead in Detroit, unfortunately.


While it's obviously another year of tryouts for the Big Club, I have high hopes with new mgmt. in place. 

Willing to endure one more dog doo-doo season if I can see some good talent evaluation and sound decisions on players going forward. 

The season will be a success if they can finally determine most of a starting rotation, and can identify MAYBE half of the everyday roster for 2024.

Too much to ask?  


Al Avila was such a disaster. Only thing he did right was tank. 


Holy Crap.

I remember not long ago, it seems, but it’s 9-10 years, that the Tigers had the top ERA staff in MLB and highest K:BB ratio, a triple crown winner, Cy Young winners, and six players in the batting order hitting over .300.

They disbanded at the trade deadline in 2015 and Mr. I fired GM Dave Dumbrowski.  Other teams seem to recover in shorter time, year to year, similar to the NFL where every team except the Lions seems to be able to go from last to Division winner in one year.


Dave Dumbrowski traded prospects for mlb talent the signed FA’s that cost 1st and 2nd round draft compensation. 

So he emptied the cupboards for years and only stacked a few prospects weeks before he was fired.


from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Zadina joins fellow Wings Jakub Vrana and Alex Nedeljkovic, who landed in the minors in January. Both Vrana and Nedeljkovic were originally sent to the Griffins for conditioning stints (Vrana after spending two months in the players assistance program; Nedeljkovic after struggling in Detroit), were waived, and then assigned there. Both have done what was asked — get their game in order — with Vrana overcoming a slow start to post four goals among five points in his past five games, and Nedeljkovic posting a 2.40 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 10 games.

Jonatan Berggren is also with the Griffins, assigned there Jan. 29 to keep him playing while the Wings are on break. That freed up the roster space to activate Zadina, as he still counts against the 23-man roster while in the minors on a conditioning stint.

A conditioning stint can last as long as two weeks. It's an ideal opportunity for Zadina, 23, to build confidence before returning to the Wings. He has struggled to establish a role over several seasons, unable to show he belongs in the top six, and is not suited to being a grinder. In 169 games dating to 2018-19, Zadina has 25 goals among 61 points and a minus-49 rating.

more on Zadina but if you have been keeping up, nothing really new...


from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Griffins play Friday and Saturday on the road against the Texas Stars. The Red Wings play their next game, Tuesday at home, against the Edmonton Oilers. Zadina hasn’t played since Nov. 5 when he broke his leg blocking a shot against the New York Islanders. He had no points in nine games prior to suffering the injury.

According to CapFriendly, the Red Wings sent Jonatan Berggren to the AHL Sunday, opening up a roster spot for Zadina at least two games. It is a paper transaction. Berggren won’t actually play in Grand Rapids. This buys the Red Wings some time to decide a permanent solution.



Time for Zadina to grab his piece of cheese.  He may be running out of opportunities, unless the Wings don’t sign Larkin and/or Bertuzzi.


SY will open a roster spot via a trade of a d man or forward before the conditioning stint is up.

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