Zadina, Hronek putting up impressive numbers in Czech league
With schedules uncertain in this country, Filip Zadina, left, and Filip Hronek have been playing in their native country so they could continue to develop.
Filip Zadina and Filip Hronek are off to hot starts in the Czech Republic’s top hockey league.
Because of the NHL’s and American Hockey League’s uncertain schedules the Red Wings loaned both young players to teams in their native country so they could continue to develop through games and practices.
Zadina, 20, who was Detroit’s top pick (sixth overall) in the 2018 draft, has four goals and an assist in three games for HC Ocelari Trinec after scoring twice in a 3-1 win over Liberec earlier this week.
He missed a few weeks, but only two games, because of a broken finger.
Zadina, a right wing, had eight goals and seven assists in 28 games with the Red Wings last season before breaking his ankle.
Hronek, a defenseman, has four goals and five assists for a team-leading nine points in seven games for Mountfield HK.
The 22-year-old led Red Wings defensemen with nine goals and 31 points in 65 games during his second NHL season in 2019-20. He led all players in average ice time (23:54).
“He just continued where he left off,” Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff said on www.mlive.com. "The thing with Fil, he was almost forced to play too much hockey last year in too many situations, given where he’s at in his career, and I think he did very well with it.
“But I think this summer he was able to train, get himself back in shape. And (he) looks ready to come in and take an even bigger step next year. Looks like he’ll be better suited and more physically mature and physically able to handle those larger minutes.”
Both are expected to join the Red Wings when training camp begins. That timeline remains unclear. The NHL is hoping to start the season on or shortly after Jan. 1.
“I’m waiting to see what will happen in America,” he said. “I’d like to be here as much as possible to help the team, and then join the Red Wings. But now I really have Trinec in my head.”