The Detroit Red Wings spent their sixth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft on Filip Zadina. The Czech Republic native will enter his third “full-season” in the NHL; in some ways, it is his first season, let me explain.
In Zadina’s first year in a Red Wings uniform, he had just nine games played. In 2019-20, when the year was paused, Zadina got just 28 games. In 2020-21, Zadina logged 49 games, where the season was shortened to 56 total games.
The 2021-22 season will be the first year that Zadina spends the whole season in the NHL, barring injury. It seems like that might be what helps him finally tap into the scoring. He was drafted to be a scorer, and the Red Wings are still looking to see this come to fruition.
He may not be lighting the lamp as much as the Red Wings would like him to, but the team is not exactly lighting the lamp as much as the organization would like them to. That being said, the pressure cannot be put on Zadina quite yet.
Detroit Red Wings Filip Zadina is going to emerge as the scorer he was drafted to be.
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The Red Wings will get to see Zadina on a more regular basis in 2021-22, ideally over a full 82-game season.
That being said, Zadina should be able to have things click with his offense so that the scoring he is expected to produce finally shows up.
While he has added some more of the playmaking to his game, his shot and ability to score goals was the reason he was selected.
In 2019-20, Zadina had eight goals and seven assists for 15 total points.
This past season was not as kind; Zadina logged his 49 games, scoring six goals and 13 assists for 19 total points on the season.
The expectation should be that Zadina is going to score more and be able to emerge as the scorer the organization knows he can be.
With Zadina being one of the building blocks of this rebuild, he needs to pan out. There should be a sense of urgency with Zadina’s lack of offense, yet; he is going to be fine. There have been glimpses of what he can be, and if that can be spread out and developed into a full season of success, the Red Wings are in for a real treat.
Expect the Red Wings youngster to figure things out in 2021-22 and emerge as a scorer. Plus, do not forget about the Red Wings Czech connection with Jakub Vrána, who has been phenomenal in Hockeytown since the blockbuster trade.