DETROIT –The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Filip Zadina from the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and placed defenseman Mike Green on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 19.
Zadina, 19, has appeared in 19 games with the Griffins this season, ranking among team leaders with seven goals (3rd), six assists (T7th), 13 points (3rd), four power-play goals (2nd) and 46 shots (3rd). Zadina recently authored one of his most productive stretches so far in the AHL, registering points in six-straight games from Nov. 8-22 (4-4-8). Dating back to Oct. 25, he has recorded points in 10 of his last 13 games, totaling 12 points (6-6-12) in that stretch. In 78 games with Grand Rapids over the last two seasons, the Pardubice, Czech Republic, native has logged 48 points (23-25-48) and 26 penalty minutes. Zadina made his NHL debut with the Red Wings on Feb. 24, 2019 vs. San Jose and appeared in nine games with the team late in the 2018-19 campaign, totaling three points (1-2-3), including his first NHL goal on March 5, 2019 at Colorado.
Originally drafted in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward spent the 2017-18 season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, totaling 82 points (44-38-82) in 57 games to place seventh overall in league scoring. He also led QMJHL rookies in scoring and earned a spot on the QMJHL First All-Star Team and All-Rookie Team, while winning the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league’s best professional prospect. Zadina also tied for the Halifax lead in playoff scoring by collecting 12 points (5-7-12) in nine games. Internationally, Zadina represented his country at the 2018 and 2019 IIHF World Junior Championships. At the 2018 tournament, Zadina led the Czechs with seven goals and eight points in seven games, earning a spot on the WJC All-Star Team. He previously won a gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament after posting a tournament-best seven points (5-2-7) in four games. Zadina received his first taste of professional action between 2015-17, picking up two points (1-1-2) over 27 games for HC Pardubice in the top Czech league.
The circumstances behind the move suck, but I’m happy to see Zadina get the recall in a position where I’m assuming he’ll be relied on to show his AHL growth. While he didn’t light up the scoresheet in preseason I liked what I saw from him with the big club and felt that luck had as much to do with him not scoring more as anything else.
One thing to note is that Zadina is coming off of having played two straight nights for Grand Rapids. I’m not expecting him to get a great deal of ice time against Carolina tonight.
Hopefully Anthony Mantha won’t be out for too long after appearing to have injured his right knee in a collision on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils.