Filip Zadina Goes Down With Undisclosed Injury -- Snuffing Out Momentum

He just seemed to be finding his stride.

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November 18, 2019 - 3:55 pm

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It was another slow start this season for Red Wings top prospect Filip Zadina. He had one point in his first six games, fueling concerns that his struggles would carry over from last season.

Then he got hot: five goals and 10 points over the next 10 games. 

And now he's hurt. With what, it's not yet clear, but Zadina didn't play for Grand Rapids Saturday night and Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the injury Monday.

"I get the reports, but I don’t want to comment on it further than that,” Blashill told reporters, via the Free Press. “I know he was out. He was injured.”

As for whether it's an upper-body or lower-body injury, Blashill didn't say. His secrecy isn't a great sign. A long-term injury is the last thing Zadina needs in his second pro season, just as he seemed to be finding his stride. 

The sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft arrived last year with loads of hype, then struggled to adjust to the pace of the game in the AHL. He finished with 16 goals in 59 games with the Griffins, plus one goal and two assists in a nine-game cameo with the Red Wings. 

Zadina did improve as the season wore on, and entered 2019-20 poised to take another step. Both he and the Red Wings have to hope the injury doesn't sideline him for long. 

If healthy, Zadina should get another look this season in Detroit.