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Zadina assigned to Grand Rapids

Former first-round picks has three assists in last four NHL games

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Filip Zadina to the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins.

Zadina has appeared in seven games for Detroit this season, picking up three assists, all coming in Detroit's last four games (Nov. 30-Dec. 10). The 20-year-old winger has appeared in 16 career NHL games over the last two seasons (2018-20), registering one goal, five assists, 27 shots on goal, nine hits, six blocked shots and six takeaways in 14:51 average time on ice. Zadina has also skated in 20 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 48 shots (3rd). Prior to his initial 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 79 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.

Filip Zadina, Right Wing

Born Nov 27 1999 -- Pardubice, Czech Rep.

Height 6.00 -- Weight 190 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 1 #6 overall 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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