Jeff Blashill of Detroit Red Wings decides to call Filip Zadina. Filmed on February 22, 2019 in Detroit.
Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press
Filip Zadina is on the verge of showing the Detroit Red Wings what they have in him.
Jeff Blashill opened his press conference after the game with a welcome bit of news: The team's win from the 2019 draft will make its NHL debut on Sunday.
"He can play a couple of games here at home," Blashill said after the Wings lost an uninspired game against Minnesota Wild (3-2) in the Little Caesars Arena. "If he plays nine games, it makes sense for contractual reasons, and then he can go back down there and play before the playoffs. If you pull him up just before the year, he's going down again and has not been there for two weeks, and suddenly he's not as ready for the playoffs as we would like. We would love it if they make a big playoff run and he's a big part of it.
"We hope he gets up here. Feeling as a young player for the things he needs to work on during the rest of the year and during the summer, he feels like a better player and leads Grand Rapids.
Detroit Red Filip Zadina of Wings fights with Nicolas Beaudin of the Chicago Blackhawks for a preseason game at the Little Caesars Arena on September 20, 2018 in Detroit around the puck. [Photo: Gregory Shamus, Getty Images]
The Wings have not decided whether Zadina will play nine games, but he will take part in the Arizona Colorado trip that will take place after the match against Montreal on Tuesday. Keeping it at nine or fewer games will mean that your entry-level contract will not materialize – and that's especially important for an expansion draft that looms in 2021, as players with less than two years of work experience do not need to be protected.
The 19-year-old Zadina has 15 goals and 16 assists in 45 games Grand Rapids Griffins. He has recently been in a rut and has pumped four goals and five assists to victory in seven games.
"If I saw him, he was more dangerous," Blashill said. "When I talked to Ben Simon earlier this week, he said it was a good timing because he played really well. When I talk to our development staff and executives, they said the same thing.
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