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More Needed From Filip Zadina

01/07/2022 at 7:45am EST

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings have yet to see great hockey from the guy the former regime was thrilled to select when Zadina was available at No. 6 in the 2018 draft. Known for his shot, Zadina was projected to potentially speed up the rebuild. But Zadina, 22 and in his third season, has struggled to be effective. He has four goals and six assists in 32 games this season and 19 goals and 28 assists in 118 career games. This season and last, he has played in the top six with the likes of Pius Suter, Dylan Larkin and Robby Fabbri. He has also seen time on the third line, which does not draw the same level of defenders as the first two lines.

Zadina said he just has to keep believing in himself, especially when he's in one of his favorite spots: Setting up for a one-timer in the right circle.

"I just have to either fake the shot and pass it back or just try to find a way to get it through the defensemen and get it on net," Zadina said. "I just have to figure out what I do have to be better."

When he found out he was scratched Tuesday, Zadina said he was, "disappointed for sure, I was pissed."

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