from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The night he was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, Filip Zadina spoke of how he’d “fill the nets” of teams who passed on him.
One of the teams that did so was the Ottawa Senators, who drafted Brady Tkachuk at fourth overall, two spots before the Wings nabbed Zadina at six. Zadina had been projected to go as high as third, but Montreal picked Jesperi Kotkaniemi at that spot, and Arizona selected Barrett Hayton at fifth.
Zadina has yet to have a chance to make the Senators pay, but he is filling opponents’ nets at the AHL level. He just recorded this third two-goal game of the season, his second in four games, to help the Grand Rapids Griffins win for the fourth time in five games Wednesday.
Wings general manager Ken Holland was at the matinee in Grand Rapids, and passed some encouraging information onto Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
“I talked to Ken Holland this morning, he thought it was the best game Zadina had played, so it’s a good sign in the right direction,” Blashill said Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre, where the Wings have an evening game scheduled against the Senators.