Zadina scored twice and added an assist in Grand Rapids' 6-2 Game 3 win over Chicago on Tuesday. After a slow start to the year, Zadina's first professional season got progressively better over time. His final numbers (16 goals, 35 points in 59 games) for the Griffins were more than respectable for a 19-year-old, first-year pro. He also got into nine games (three points) with the Wings. Zadina didn't have the immediate impact at the NHL level that many predicted, but he remains one of the better offensive prospects in the league. Zadina is all but assured a full-time role with Detroit beginning this coming fall.
The Red Wings sent Zadina back to AHL Grand Rapids on Friday. Zadina saw his first taste of NHL action in his nine-game stint with the club and was thrown right into a prominent role both among the forward lines and on the power play. It paid dividends initially, with Zadina notching three points in his first six games, but he went pointless in his last three efforts and owns a minus-5 rating over that span. The 19-year-old winger will return to the AHL for some additional seasoning.
Zadina produced his first career NHL goal -- a power-play tally -- in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Avalanche. Showing off his lightning-quick release, Zadina crushed a one-timer from rookie defenseman Filip Hronek to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead in the third period. As the final score indicates, the Wings relinquished the lead and ended up losing to their old-time rivals, but Zadina was all smiles as he got to put tape on his first career goal -- which figures to be the first of many for Detroit's sixth overall pick from the 2018 draft.
Zadina is back with the Red Wings per the NHL's official media site. Zadina was sent down Monday in a procedural move to preserve his eligibility for the AHL playoffs, but will continue to suit up for Detroit. The 19-year-old made his NHL debut against San Jose on Sunday, but was a minus-1 in 10:38 of ice time.
Zadina, along with fellow prospects Evgeny Svechnikov (knee) and Filip Hronek, were assigned to AHL Grand Rapids on Monday in order to make them eligible for the playoffs, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports. This is a procedural move for at least Zadina and Hronek, as both are expected to see playing time down the stretch for the rebuilding Red Wings. Zadina made his NHL debut versus the Sharks on Sunday, but he only mustered one shot over 10:38 of ice time in a 5-3 loss.
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