from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Here are the top five prospects in the Wings organization. The list does not include young players who already have made inroads with the team (Michael Rasmussen, Dennis Cholowski, Filip Hronek, Evgeny Svechnikov).
Drafted: 6th, 2018.
2018-19 stats: 11 goals, 10 assists in 36 games with Grand Rapids (AHL).
Buzz: Returned from Junior World Championships (one assist in five games) and produced two goals and one assist in his second game back. He had no points the next six games, then scored his 11th goal of the season. He’s had four two-goal performances.
Overall, Zadina looks better than he did in his first few months adjusting to pro hockey. He needs to continue to improve at winning puck battles, and once that part of his game matures, he’ll have more offensive opportunities. It’s worth remembering Zadina just turned 19 on Nov. 27....
Drafted: 30th, 2018.
2018-19 stats: 31 goals, 42 assists in 39 games with Drummondville (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League).
Buzz: Played for Canada at 2019 World Junior Championships (two assists in five games). Returned to juniors and just had a seven-game point streak (eight goals, seven assists) snapped. He’s having a career year offensively, already blowing by the 22 goals he scored and closing in on the 79 points he produced in 2017-18. It’s the defensive side of his game the Wings want to see improve. “He’s all ears for what it will take,” Horcoff said. “He’s not there yet, but he’s getting good NHL habits into his system.”...
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