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Nate Brown of Detroit Hockey Now, It was Zadina who boldly proclaimed that he would fill the net with pucks against teams who passed him by during the 2018 NHL Draft. Zadina, slotted by many to be the third overall pick, slipped to Detroit at six. Hindsight has written a revisionist’s history that Detroit should have taken Quinn Hughes. Detroit did need defensemen desperately, but the pick was celebrated at the time by fans. In fact, many couldn’t believe the good fortune that the Red Wings stocked up with Zadina, Joe Veleno, and Jonatan Berggren with their first three draft picks.
Ansar Khan of Mlive, “He’s still growing in the D-zone. Even today (in practice), he got lost a few times in our D-zone coverage, which is understandable. We want to work with him on that. I just think having that big body is something that’s a little different than a lot of forwards we have.”
Ted Kulfan pf the Detroit News, Whether Sundqvist will be ready for Friday's season opener remains to be seen.
"The four days (between games) here is going to allow us to see if Sunny is available and where he's at," Lalonde said. "A couple of bodies could slide in (to the lineup spot)."
Lalonde said it'll be important to develop Soderblom and Veleno both on the power play, and in Veleno's case the penalty kill, to increase their minutes and continue development.