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.
Zadina, who was reassigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday, needs to work on his confidence and finding open space on the ice, Peter J Wallner of MLive.com reports. Based on this report, it sounds like the 2018 sixth overall pick was a bit surprised that he was sent down to the minors to start the 2018-19 campaign, but the 18-year-old still has a positive attitude about the situation, adding, "I'll do my best here and help the team to win games and hopefully they will call me up at some point." The Czech winger produced 44 goals and 38 assists to complement a plus-23 rating over 57 games for Halifax of the QMJHL last season.
Zadina was Ansar Khan of MLive.com to AHL Grand Rapids on Sunday, Detroit has plenty of scoring weapons up front to afford Zadina the chance to develop his game in the minors, where the playing time will be consistent and the 2018 sixth overall pick will be able to develop at his own pace. Zadina produced two goals and an assist to go along with a minus-2 rating over seven preseason games.
Zadina scored the overtime winner in Wednesday's 3-2 preseason win over the Bruins. Just hours after Jeff Blashill suggested Zadina was ticketed for the AHL to begin the season, the teenager reminded his coach of the kind of offensive spark he's capable of bringing to the Wings' lineup, scoring just 24 seconds into extra time. Zadina's heroics likely didn't alter the organization's plans for his development, but if and when he does make his way up to the NHL, he could make in immediate impact on the scoresheet after scoring 44 goals and 82 points in 57 games for Halifax last season as a QMJHL rookie.
Zadina will need to show significant progress in the next few days to avoid starting the season with AHL Grand Rapids, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. This summation from Kulfan is based on comments that Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill made Wednesday morning. Zadina boasts a terrific shot, and it probably won't be long before he secures a top-six role with power-play opportunities at the top level, but this latest report suggests that he still needs time to learn the nuances of the pro game. The 2018 sixth overall pick has two points working against a minus-3 rating over four preseason contests.
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