Zadina (groin/hamstring) left Saturday's AHL Grand Rapids game and will be re-evaluated Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports. Zadina was expected to head to World Juniors on Thursday to play for Team Czech Republic. Those plans may be put on the shelf if Zadina has a serious injury. The Red Wings will likely exercise caution with their top prospect.
Zadina (undisclosed) will not play in AHL Grand Rapids' next game, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Zadina appears to have suffered an injury, but details as to the particulars are still sparse at the moment beyond his early rule-out for the team's next contest. The sixth overall selection in the 2018 draft is a candidate to join the big club in Detroit at some point this season, but the Red Wings don't want to rush him and will allow Zadina to represent the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Zadina will represent the Czech Republic at the IIHF World Junior Championship, which commences on Dec. 26, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Even though Anthony Mantha (hand) will be out 4-to-6 weeks, the Red Wings aren't ready to unleash their 2018 sixth overall pick at the top level. The 19-year-old has produced seven goals and eight assists for AHL Grand Rapids this season, but the highly touted prospect known for his quick release and accurate shot has struggled to a minus-8 rating through 22 minor-league games. There's a chance that Zadina will make his debut with the Wings later this season, with the odds of that happening set to increase in the event that the Original Six club gets eliminated from playoff contention early on.
Zadina, the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, could be with the Red Wings later this season, per Ansar Khan of MLive.com. Hockey fans may have been surprised that the Wings opted to call up Wade Megan rather than Zadina in the most recent transaction, but as suggested by Khan, this is a team that promotes only the players that have done exceptionally well with AHL Grand Rapids. Zadina has four goals and three assists over 11 games with the Griffins, but his minus-6 rating leaves a lot to be desired. The top prospect needs to build up his confidence and sustain success in the minors before he'll have a chance to climb up on the big stage.
Zadina's return to the Red Wings may be imminent, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports. The Red Wings are 0-2-2 on the young season, and Zadina -- who was selected sixth overall in this year's draft -- might be on the verge of a call-up to the big stage after potting a pair of goals for AHL Grand Rapids in its 6-3 win over Hershey on Friday. This kid can snipe with the best of them, so consider picking him up in anticipation of his NHL debut.
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