from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Nikita Kucherov is leading the NHL in scoring, is a top candidate to win the league’s most valuable player award, and is considered a player you can build a franchise around.
So, if Filip Zadina becomes half the player the Kucherov is, the Red Wings will be more than pleased.
Some scouting analysts, before last June’s draft, made the case that Kucherov was a comparable for the young Zadina. Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning play host to Zadina and the Red Wings on Saturday night.
A wing like Kucherov, Patrick Kane (Chicago) and Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary) is the newer type of wing in the NHL who can control the game with the puck on his stick, and is almost like a second center on the ice.
Zadina has shown some of that playmaking ability. But coach Jeff Blashill sees Zadina as a cross between that type of wing, and the more traditional winger who waits for a playmaking center to get him the puck and can unleash a powerful shot.
added 3:48pm, from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,