Zadina, last year's top pick, to follow Yzerman’s conditioning tips
Steve Yzerman had some advice for Filip Zadina.
The Red Wings’ top draft pick (sixth overall) in the 2018 NHL draft and their highest pick in 28 years struggled through most of his first professional season – split between AHL Grand Rapids and Detroit. And he was able to get on the ice only briefly during the Wings’ Development Camp at Little Caesars Arena, which ended on Saturday, because of a hamstring injury.
New Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman told Zadina, a right wing, that he needed to work harder on his body.
“He talked to me a couple times about what I got to do better and where I have to improve my game, (and that’s) improve myself as an athlete,” Zadina told www.mlive.com. “That’s one of the reasons why I’m staying here (to train in the off-season), and I do believe that they make me a better athlete and then help me for the season.”
He is emphasizing his lower body in workouts to get quicker.
The injury is not long term and Zadina plans to go home to his native Czech Republic for a short stay before returning to Detroit to train the rest of the summer with several other Red Wings at the Barwis Performance Center in Plymouth.
“I’ve been there last year for a week; it was great so hopefully it can just make me a better athlete,” Zadina said. “Then on the ice it’s up to me.
“I’m just trying to be patient and get healthy as soon as possible and then start again and just probably get stronger and quicker and be probably faster on the ice.”
Zadino had 16 goals and 35 points in 59 games with Grand Rapids and a goal and three points in nine games with Detroit.
“He’s good in tight spaces,” said Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff said. “We want to create a little more explosiveness and improve his first three steps a little bit. The NHL game, there’s so much backside pressure, we just need to help him separate a little bit more and create some open ice.”
Detroit got its first look at this year’s surprise first-round pick (sixth overall again), defenseman Moritz Seider, since selecting him in Vancouver last weekend.
At 6-4 and 207 pounds, Seider showed off his mobility, one of the reasons the Wings drafted him.
“He can skate, he’s got some poise, he’s got good sense, he was really impressive today and throughout the week,” Horcoff said after the camp-ending scrimmage on Saturday.
Seider will return to his home in Mannheim, Germany, where he played last season, to train and then participate in the 2019-20 Prospects Tournament and Detroit’s training camp in September.
The decision will then be made where Seider will play next season.
“We have to figure out what’s best for myself,” Seider said. “Maybe it’s in the AHL with Grand Rapids but maybe also CHL (OHL Owen Sound owns his rights). But why stay in Mannheim? I think it’s one of the best organizations in Europe. We won a championship last season. We have to figure it out where I can get the most ice time.”
Robert Mastrosimone, the team’s third pick this year (54th overall), suffered a broken ankle blocking a shot during camp and is out four-to-six weeks. It’ll cut into his off-season training, but he should be ready for the start of the season with Boston University.