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There Is Hope For Filip Zadina

12/17/2019 at 8:28am EST

from John Niyo of the Detroit News,

Mistakes will be made. But when rookie Filip Zadina made another midway through the third period of Sunday night’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Little Caesars Arena, it wasn’t just the frustration that was evident. It was the determination, too.

After getting dumped on his rear end at center ice on a giveaway, Zadina chased the play going the other way and watched the puck go in Detroit’s net, then slammed his stick on the ice in disgust.

Zadina, the 2018 first-round pick who turned 20 a couple of weeks ago, sat stewing on the bench for a couple of minutes. But when he jumped over the boards for his next shift — something that wasn't at all guaranteed for a rookie — it didn’t take long for him to make amends. Anthony Mantha set up defenseman Madison Bowey for a one-timer on a rush, and the rebound came directly at Zadina in the left circle. He shoved it right back on net, and the knuckler off his stick beat Los Angel’s Jack Campbell to finally put the Wings on the board.

Later, as Wings coach Jeff Blashill dissected another loss for his last-place team, he actually singled out the rookie for praise.


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