DetroitRedWings.com’s Arthur J. Regner reviews Filip Zadina’s 2018-19 campaign “By the Numbers” this morning, and Regner’s analysis includes an intriguing quote from Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff, who suggests that Zadina needed to spend his summer working on his skating:
Quotable: “He’s good in tight spaces, 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.” – Shawn Horcoff, Red Wings director of player development/assistant director of player personnel.
Continued, and Horcoff has a point. Zadina’s skating is not a detriment by any means, but he’s still working on building the kind of strength necessary to use his legs to his advantage in battles for the puck.