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Detroit Red Wings, Filip Zadina
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Detroit Red Wings forward Filip Zadina.

Lastly, the Detroit Red Wings have continued to put faith in forward Filip Zadina to get the job done. It’s been an unfortunate start to his time in the National Hockey League (NHL), but Zadina is still really trying to break out as the scorer he was advertised to be.

This is his fourth season suiting up for the Red Wings but first full 82-game season with them. He’s still getting acclimated in a way, but the hope at this point would be that he has tapped into that scoring touch that he was supposed to bring to the organization.

When he was selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the Red Wings thought he would be a sniper and goal-scorer for the organization. But he’s yet to cross the ten-goal threshold.

Last season he had six goals and 13 assists for 19 total points over 49 games played. He’s followed that up with four goals and six assists for ten total points over 26 games played. The scoring touch just is not there for Zadina.

He must get it figured out, though. The Red Wings are relying on Zadina to be someone they can anchor on the team’s second line, and right now, it seems like he’s better served buried down in the bottom-six, giving someone else a chance to step up.

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The opportunities to showcase his scoring ability have been there; he just needs to step it up and really tap into it, showing the Red Wings that he can be a scorer and not look like a bust.