Red Wings loan youngsters Zadina, Seider to European teams
Filip Zadina, left, and Moritz Seider will log much-needed playing time on teams in their native countries.
In order for their young players to get playing time and continue to develop as much as possible, the Red Wings have loaned two of their top prospects to teams in Europe.
Of course, Detroit is not a part of the current NHL Playoffs and – as of now – the 2020-21 season is not scheduled to begin until Dec. 1.
So the Wings sent right wing Filip Zadina to HC Ocelari Trinic, which is in the top tier of the Czech Extraliga in Zadina’s native Czech Republic, and defenseman Moritz Seider to his old team Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Seider’s native Germany.
Zadina, 20, was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft. He had been out since Feb. 1 with a fractured ankle when the pandemic paused the NHL season March 12, but he was close to returning. Zadina had eight goals and 15 points in 28 games with the Red Wings.
"It was an easy decision for me," Zadina told the HC Ocelari Trinec website. "Trinec belongs to the top. I think that here are the best conditions for hockey in the Czech Republic. Another thing is coach (Vaclav) Varada, who led me in the junior national team. We won the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.”
That was in 2016, as Zadina scored two goals in the gold medal game against the United States.
His father, Marek Zadina, is HC Ocelari Trinic’s assistant coach.
Varada scored 58 goals in 493 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators from 1995-2006.
"I am glad that the situation with Filip has finally been successfully completed and he will work for us," Varada told the website. "I contacted (general manager) Steve Yzerman, outlining our plans and a vision for his use during the NHL break.
"Both the Detroit management and Filip know that they will work honestly with us, as we are used to, and why it would be good for the Red Wings for their young player to play games at a brisk pace before the start of the NHL."
Zadina is also helping to pay the insurance costs of his practicing and playing games with the Czech team.
Seider, 19, was Detroit’s surprise top pick (sixth overall) in 2019. He was also Yzerman’s first draft pick as Red Wings GM.
He spent 2019-20 with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League where he had two goals and 22 points and was minus-5 in 49 games.
"Steve and I discussed a few times that this would be good for Mo," said Seider's agent, Claude Lemieux (yes, THAT Claude Lemieux). "The goal is to get him minutes on the ice, to keep him skating. The DEL is open to players being loaned. He'll benefit, and the Red Wings will benefit as well."
The Red Wings are also expected to loan Joe Veleno to a European team. Veleno, a 20-year-old center, was Detroit’s second first-round pick (30th overall) in 2018. The 2019-20 campaign was Veleno’s first professional season. He managed 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points and was minus-25 in 54 games for Grand Rapids.