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Question Time

11/06/2019 at 8:39am EST

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers questions from the fans.

Fist question, is Zadina a bust?

Only elite players — think Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews — make an impact right away. The Wings drafted Filip Zadina at sixth overall in 2018. Five players drafted after Zadina are with their NHL teams right now, and only one of them has made an impact. Defenseman Quinn Hughes had amassed 10 points in 13 games with the Vancouver Canucks (who selected him at seventh overall) before sustaining an injury. The rest are recent call-ups or fill-ins for injured regulars.

Do the Wings wish Zadina was further along? Of course. But team personnel is pleased with his progress with the Grand Rapids Griffins....

Next question, when do the prospects appear with the Wings?

From talking to people in the organization, my sense is they believe the prospects are where they belong, in the AHL. Michael Rasmussen (who is day-to-day with an upper-body injury) was having a nice start to the season with two goals and five assists in six games. He isn’t likely to be called up unless the Wings need a center — the organization wants Rasmussen to get comfortable at that position at the pro level. He played center in juniors, but played on the wing last season with the Wings. Evgeny Svechnikov (five points in five AHL games) is someone I could see being called up mid-season if there are injuries — he’s a year behind in development because he missed all of last season recovering from a knee injury, but he has looked good and he plays with an edge. Until Zadina dominates at the AHL level, he’s better off there....

more on each of the above and another question too...

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