Like a cowboy who is still getting accustomed to life in the big city, Filip Zadina longs for those wide-open spaces.
He couldn’t locate them in training camp, and that’s why Zadina’s NHL dream has gone on temporary hiatus. He’s finding them on occasion in the AHL and maybe, just maybe, an explosive performance for the Czech Republic at the 2019 WJC can put Zadina’s big-league mission back on the fast track.
At the NHL draft last June, even though their most pressing need was for a puck-moving blueliner, the Detroit Red Wings couldn’t resist when right winger Zadina slid out of the top five to them at sixth overall.
Considered the purest goal-scorer in the 2018 draft class, the 18-year-old Zadina piled up an impressive 44 goals in 57 games last season with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads...
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