Zadina knows what he has to do to play in NHL next season
Detroit’s No. 1 pick Filip Zadina is on the ice in his new uniform Tuesday at the Red Wings’ development camp.
Filip Zadina is ready to begin the work of possibly playing in the NHL next season.
Zadina, of course, was surprisingly available to the Red Wings when they picked sixth overall in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday night in Dallas. He’s among the Red Wings’ prospects who are taking part in the team’s annual development camp at the Belfor Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena through Saturday.
It is rare for a player to jump from Major Junior to the NHL, without playing in the American Hockey League. But the Wings thinks that Zadina, a right wing and gifted goal scorer and offensive player, can do it.
“That’s good to hear,” Zadina said on www.mlive.com. “I need to prove to them that I’m a good player and that I deserve it. I got a chance, but I need to take it and I need to play my best hockey.”
Zadina, who is 6-feet, 197 pounds, had 44 goals and 82 points in 57 games with Halifax of the QMJHL in 2017-18.
“He wants to make an impression,” said Shawn Horcoff, Detroit player development director. “Obviously, he’s disappointed with where he got drafted, which is impressive for us, and he’s … confident that he can score. And we’re hoping he does, because that’s what we’re going to need.”
Zadina was passed on by the Montreal Canadiens at No. 3, Arizona Coyotes at No. 4 and Ottawa Senators at No. 5 in the first round of the draft. After the Wings nabbed him, he said of those teams: “I will fill their net with the puck.”
Horcoff added: “Obviously he’s got a fantastic shot, really, good quick release, and he’s very agile.”
In all, there are 43 players at the development camp, including all 10 of the draftees from this past weekend.
Bertuzzi, Frk sign
Detroit signed two of its restricted free agents on Monday.
They inked forward Tyler Bertuzzi to a two-year deal with an average cap hit of $1.4 million and right wing Martin Frk for $1.05 million.
Bertuzzi, 23, has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in 48 games with the Red Wings in 2017-18, after starting the season with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Frk, 24, had 11 goals and 25 points in 68 games as a rookie last season.
Wings wave goodbye to Ouellet
The Red Wings bought out the contract of defenseman Zavier Ouellet.
The team placed Ouellet on waivers on Sunday, and when he had cleared waivers after 24 hours, Detroit bought out the last year of his deal ($1.3 million).
He will count $166,667 and $216,667 against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons.
The Wings traded defenseman Robbie Russo on Monday to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019.
Russo, 25, played mostly for Grand Rapids but appeared in 19 games with the Red Wings in 2016-17.
Detroit will get Arizona’s seventh-round pick if Russo plays at least 30 games with the Coyotes next season. If he does not, the Red Wings get nothing.