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Detroit signs Zadina to entry-level contract

Winger was drafted sixth overall by Red Wings at 2018 NHL Entry Draft

by Kyle Kujawa /

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today signed right wing Filip Zadina to a three-year entry-level contract.

Zadina, 18, was selected by the Red Wings in the first round (sixth overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23, and went on to participate at Detroit's Development Camp from June 26-30 at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena. The 6-foot, 196-pound winger spent the 2017-18 campaign with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Halifax Mooseheads, where he led the team with 44 goals among his 82 points (44-38-82) in 57 games, which placed 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 team lead in playoff scoring by collecting 12 points (5-7-12) in nine games.

The Pardubice, Czech Republic, native also represented the Czechs at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., leading the team with seven goals among his eight points in seven games to earn a spot on the WJC All-Star Team. He has played for the Czech Republic on several occasions, including back-to-back World Under-18 Championships in 2016 and 2017, combining for 11 points (7-4-11) in 10 games and earning honors as a top-three player on his team each year. He also helped the Czechs win gold at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament with a team-leading seven points (5-2-7) in four games. Prior to 2017-18, Zadina developed with his hometown HC Pardubice in the top professional league in the Czech Republic and throughout the Czech junior ranks. He made his professional debut with HC Pardubice by playing in two games in the top Czech professional league in 2015-16, before registering his first two professional points (1-1-2) for the club the following season.

Filip Zadina, Right Wing
Born Nov
27 1999 -- Pardubice, Czech Rep.
Height 6.00 -- Weight 196 -- Shoots L

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

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