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Whether he can help the Wings right away will become clearer at training camp, but Wright said Zadina will get “every opportunity” to do so. Perhaps he could be a fit with Henrik Zetterberg, similar to how the veteran center helped Dylan Larkin flourish in his rookie year. Perhaps Zadina could be a fit with Larkin, creating a high-flying, creative duo. The Wings need somebody who can win games, and that’s in Zadina’s skill set.
I’m still over the moon about the Red Wings getting Filip Zadina. It would be great if they really give him “every opportunity” to make the opening night roster. Even if it’s just a nine game look and they send him back to juniors. Let’s see what he can do. Let’s see if he can prove he belongs in real NHL games. I love the idea of putting him on a line with Henrik Zetterberg. Like Helene said, let him learn from Hank just like Dylan Larkin did during his rookie season.
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It went really well for the Red Wings. You might even say that you could call them a “winner.”
Winner: Red Wings
Filip Zadina might be the surest scorer in this draft, and somehow -- miraculously -- he fell in the Red Wings’ lap at No. 6 overall. This is a winger who can play as soon as this season, even in a top-six role.
Detroit Red Wings: A+
They should be absolutely enthralled with what transpired this weekend. Even if you look just at the first round, they landed maybe the draft’s second-best goal-scorer at No. 6 in Filip Zadina, then got another steal with center Joseph Veleno at No. 30.
Winner: Red Wings
In some respects, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is managing for his job this summer. This is a critical offseason for a team whose few promising pieces are bogged down by aging, cap-strangling players. Holland’s Day 1 haul makes him perhaps the biggest winner in the first round. Filip Zadina, the Czech winger regarded by many as the best pure scorer in the 2018 class, slipped past the Canadiens, Senators and Coyotes and into Detroit’s lap at No. 6.
Winner: Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland: With the No. 6 pick, the Red Wings landed Zadina, one of the most exciting offensive players in the draft. With the No. 30 pick, they landed Joe Veleno, a hard-working, high-character center who was projected to go much earlier.