DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned left wing Taro Hirose and right wing Filip Zadina to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.
Hirose, 23, has suited up in 23 games for the Red Wings this season, recording seven points (2-5-7) and six penalty minutes in 12:17 time on ice. Last season, after signing as a free agent out of Michigan State at the conclusion of the Spartans' season, Hirose recorded seven points (1-6-7) in 10 games to close out the 2018-19 campaign. He posted an assist in each of his first five games with the Red Wings, matching Dylan Larkin's franchise record for the longest point streak to begin an NHL career. He tallied his first NHL goal in only his seventh NHL game on March 31, 2019, against the Boston Bruins. In all, Hirose has skated in 33 games for Detroit and totaled 14 points (3-11-14) and eight penalty minutes over the last two seasons.
The 5-foot-10, 162-pound winger led the nation in points (50), points-per-game (1.47), assists (35), multi-point games (15) and three-point games (9) during his junior campaign at Michigan State (2018-19) en route to being named the Big Ten Player of the Year. During his three-year collegiate career, Hirose totaled 116 points (33-83-116) in 106 games, becoming the 15th Spartan to hit the 100-career point mark since 2000. Prior to his collegiate career, Hirose played two seasons (2014-16) with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League where he totaled 121 points (33-88-121) in 116 games. During the 2015-16 campaign with the Silverbacks, the Calgary, Alberta, native ranked 13th in the BCHL in points (71) and fourth in assists (56), both of which led the team. Hirose also led the Silverbacks in scoring (18-32-50) in his first season with the club (2014-15), en route to being named the team's Rookie of the Year.
Zadina, 20, has skated in five games for the Red Wings this season, tallying a pair of assists, which came in Detroit's last two games, marking the first time in his NHL career he has posted points in back-to-back games. In all, Zadina has skated in 14 games for the Red Wings in the last two seasons (2018-20), tallying one goal and five assists in 13:55 average time on ice. Zadina 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). Prior to his recall to Detroit on Nov. 24, Zadina had 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). 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.
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.