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Filip Zadina Is A Potential 30-Goal Scorer In the NHL

09/24/2019 at 8:28am EDT

from Mitch Brown of The Athletic,

At this time last year, the Detroit Red Wings nabbing Filip Zadina at sixth overall seemed ludicrous. For most of his draft year, Zadina seemed like a lock to go top-three. He destroyed the international circuit; he was one of the top scorers in the QMJHL, and he had been hyped as a top talent for half a decade.

I bought the hype. I even published an article titled, Why Filip Zadina is the draft’s premier NHL-ready sniper. Yeahhhhh, that didn’t work out so well. Detroit decided he wasn’t so NHL-ready after all, sending him to AHL Grand Rapids for most of the season....

With 16 goals in 59 games, the goals didn’t exactly flow for Zadina this season. Consequently, Zadina’s path to the 30-plus NHL goal-scorer that once seemed clear and immediate is now a little muddier. But not much. Whether last year was an anomaly or a sign of more significant issues, Zadina has the tools. The execution is just about there.

Zadina could’ve helped the Red Wings last year. Was it best for his development? In hindsight, probably not. This year, I’m confident the NHL is the best place for Zadina to continue to hone his craft.

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