The Free Press’s Jeff Seidel discusses Filip Zadina’s longer developmental timeline in a column this morning:
“We want him to be important and he will be important in Grand Rapids,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s going to play important situations. He’s going to play in the top two lines.”
You have to remember that Zadina is 19 years old.
“I want Filip Zadina to be fully developed by the time he’s 22, or 21, or 22,” Holland said.
As Holland talked, as he changed those numbers, it sounded interesting, if not revealing.
Like he was debating in his own head.
Obviously, there is no firm timeline.
And this is nothing new. Wings fans have heard this kind of talk before, waiting for prospects in Grand Rapids.
And frankly, it drives them nuts.
“When Henrik Zetterberg showed up in North America, I think he was 21 years of age,” Holland said. “Pavel Datsyuk showed up in North America when he was 22 years of age. Then, in Pav’s first year he scored 11 goals his first year and 12 goals the next year. They became who they were, when they were 24 and 25 years of age.”