The Detroit Red Wings will get to see Filip Zadina settle into an NHL top-six role during the 2020-21 NHL season.
Clarity on the start of the 2020-21 NHL season is still being awaiting, but the Detroit Red Wings funneled some of their prospects over to the Swedish and Czech leagues for the time being. When the announcement of the 2020-212 NHL season does finally come, the Red Wings will bring back some of their players to get back in the winged wheel uniform.
One of those players, Filip Zadina, is going to have an explosive 2020-21 season in the NHL for the Red Wings. Zadina should take this season as an exceptional opportunity to settle in and be a top-six scoring threat for the organization.
The former 2018 first-rounder should get his chance to prove he is going to develop into one of the top forwards for this organization. The 2020-21 season should provide this opportunity for Zadina who is one of the organization’s most promising forward talents.
He has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Red Wings, playing just nine games with the organization during the 2018-19 season, but jumping that number to 28 during the 2019-20 season.
In his 28 games last season, Zadina would manage eight goals and seven assists for fifteen total points. He was a minus-thirteen on one of the worst Red Wings teams to date where almost every player had a minus rating for their plus/minus.
The Detroit Red Wings should look beyond the stats and see that it is a good time to let Filip Zadina spend extended time on the NHL roster.
All that aside, Zadina should be able to slot in on the second line with Robby Fabbri who is fresh off of a contract extension. The organization could even throw him on the first line if they bump down Tyler Bertuzzi. This would leave Zadina alongside newly re-signed Anthony Mantha and captain in waiting, Dylan Larkin.
For now, Zadina will stay over in the Czech Republic where he continues to develop, which seems to be going quite well for the winger. He is currently playing for HC Ocelari Trinec where he may only have three games under his belt, but he has four goals and one assist for five points.
Even though it has been just three games, Zadina will look to continue his tear, proving to dominate over in the Czech Republic. That confidence boost should only help for his return to North America where he will hopefully earn his way into the top six forwards to prove he can hang.
The Detroit Red Wings should be excited about Filip Zadina’s early success as he continues to develop overseas before he will come back to the organization looking to prove himself.