Filip Zadina – HC Ocelari Trinec of the Czech league
The former sixth overall 2018 NHL Entry Draft selection of the Detroit Red Wings got his first taste of the NHL during the 2018-19 season. Now in 2020-21, Filip Zadina is looking to play a bigger role after a bump up in 2019-20, where he played 28 games for the Red Wings, logging eight goals and seven assists for 15 points.
He got off to a good start for a “warm-up” overseas HC Ocelari Trinec, where he played 17 games, managing eight goals and six assists for 14 total points. Zadina will compete for ice time on the NHL roster early on to show what he can do in what could be his first full-season stint in the NHL.
In an ideal world, Red Wings fans will get to see Zadina out on that top line with Dylan Lakin and Anthony Mantha during the 2020-21 season. Even if it is just a few games or even a few shifts here and there it would be nice. That decision falls on coach Jeff Blashill and if he wants to test out that combination and give Zadina some chances with Detroit’s best offensive weapons.
Filip Hronek – HK Hradec Kralove of the Czech league
The Red Wings’ number one defenseman, Filip Hronek, got an early start to his 2020-21 season after a nine-month hiatus from games due to the global pandemic. He also played in the Czech league for HK Hradec Kralove, where he notched 22 total games, scoring 10 goals and adding 13 assists for 23 total points.
Hronek, just 23 years old, is only in his third season with the NHL team after working his way up to the Red Wings roster. However, he has quickly risen to be the Red Wings best defenseman, and in 2020-21 he will be looking to prove that to be true once again.