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Jeff Blashill On Filip Zadina

11/05/2018 at 3:27pm EST

from Dana Wakiji and Arthur J. Regner of the Wings website,

In Sunday night's game in Cleveland against the Monsters, Zadina scored twice, his first two goals since scoring two in the team's home opener Oct. 12.

"I was real happy to see him on the scoresheet," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think confidence is one of the biggest factors because of how close everyone is in success. For him to score can only feed that confidence. So I think it's a great thing. I haven't talked to Ben (Simon, Griffins coach) this morning but hopefully he did it with playing a real good game, so you can point to a correlation of playing real good hockey and scoring. But certainly scoring can help confidence."

Zadina has four goals, three assists and is minus-6 in 11 games with the Griffins.

"Honestly, he's got a long way to go, the maturity part in the game to make sure when he's not scoring that he's still a real complete player," Blashill said. "I think what happens … he hasn't scored tons down there and when you don't score all the sudden you probably start cheating for offense, similar to what happened to us through that stretch in Montreal and Boston. The player has to realize he's got to play the right way and the points will come from playing good defense. I just think it's a maturation process and we're certainly not in any rush as an organization, we want to do what's best for him in his development and right now that's to let him stay down there and keep working."

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