The Athletic’s Corey Pronnman listed his top 123 prospects for the 2019-2020 season, and Filip Zadina leads off the Red Wings’ representatives at #23 overall:
23. Filip Zadina, RW, Detroit
Nov. 27, 1999 | six-foot | 196 pounds
Drafted: Sixth-overall (2018)
Previous ranking: 6
Puck Skills: 65
Physical Game: 40
Hockey sense: 60
Shot Grade: 60
Zadina had an up and down first North American pro season in the AHL with impressive stretches. He has so much talent. His hands are near elite level, and he’s an excellent playmaker. Inside the offensive zone, he’s very dangerous because he makes defenders miss, finds options through a seam and if that fails, he has his shot. He’s a shooter more than a passer even if he’s a very good passer. His shot can beat goalies from a distance consistently. His speed isn’t as dangerous as his skill, but he’s a good skater who will be able to put pressure on NHL defenders. When Zadina decides to lower his shoulder and drive, he’s very dangerous. But often I find he tries to shoot too much from the outside and not attack. Improving that aspect and his defensive play will be important for him going forward. He remains an excellent prospect and a potential top-line forward.
Pronman continues, listing Moritz Seider 30th, Joe Veleno 66th, Jonatan Berggren 80th, Oliwer Kaski 95th, Robert Mastrosimone 110th and Jared McIsaac 123rd.