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Jeff Blashill On Filip Zadina

03/05/2021 at 11:18am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“He’s played really, really good hockey,” Blashill said “Last game he took a step backwards, and this game he took a major step forward. Overall, I think he’s played good hockey. It’s a hard league to score in and you can’t get frustrated and you’ve got to stay with it, and he’s done a pretty good job of that.”

Zadina, the sixth pick in the 2018 draft, figures as a key component in the rebuild. He has matured nicely over the past year, showing a willingness to chase down the puck instead of waiting for someone to put it on his stick. But he's still only 21; he needs the boost a night like Thursday can provide.

“When you are a guy who scores, confidence is a critical thing,” Blashill said. “For those pucks to go in is important for him. Both were really good goals and hopefully he can continue to build on that. I think he’s played really hard most of the season. I think he’s done it the right way. I think he tries to play from the defensive side of the puck, he tries to check for his chances, and he’s done a really good job of that.”

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