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Top Prospects And Questions For The Detroit Red Wings

08/11/2019 at 3:59am EDT

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

1. Filip Zadina, F
How acquired:
Selected with No. 6 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

Last season: Detroit: 9 GP, 1-2-3; Grand Rapids (AHL) 59 GP, 16-19-35

The Red Wings have high hopes for Zadina (6-foot, 195 pounds), a skilled shooter with the potential to be a prolific goal-scorer in the NHL. The 19-year-old likely will start with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League for a second straight season.

Zadina, whose ice time at Red Wings development camp in June was limited because of a sore hamstring sustained during offseason training, had 82 points (44 goals, 38 assists) in 57 games for Halifax of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2017-18. But he had to learn the details of playing a two-way game as a pro and spent most of last season with Grand Rapids, where he was minus-17. He played nine late-season games for Detroit and was minus-5.

"Obviously lots of new experiences during the season, ups and downs," Zadina said. "Obviously I enjoyed the time here in Detroit. I think I'll take it. I'll take it as it was and I think it was a good season for me. I got to learn something and I hope and I believe that next season will be way better."

Projected NHL arrival: This season.

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Below, Costsonika with Three Questions...

Will they add any more players to their roster?
Some of that might depend on Kronwall and some might depend on how younger players look in training camp.

After the Red Wings signed Nemeth and center Valtteri Filppula on July 1, Yzerman was asked if any other moves were forthcoming.

"Um, no, I think I would mull over a couple of other things," Yzerman said. "We have a spot, potentially, on our roster on right wing. I don't want to fill it just to fill it because it gives us some options for some of our younger players to see if they're ready, and it leaves opportunity maybe for something to come along between now and the start of the regular season.

"So I'm not really in a hurry. But if I could add another winger, I would consider that and potentially look at maybe another defenseman. But we weigh adding another one versus just leaving a spot for one of our younger guys on the roster, maybe decided at training camp or after training camp. If the right player and the right contract come along, we would consider signing another one."

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