The Athletic’s Wheeler ranks Filip Zadina among Calder Trophy candidates

The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler published a list of 20 Calder Trophy candidates this morning, viewed from a fantasy hockey perspective, and he lists Filip Zadina among them:

10. Filip Zadina, LW/RW, 19 (Detroit Red Wings — 6th overall, 2018)

Zadina didn’t wow me in Traverse City and there’s no denying his rookie season in the AHL was a little disappointing but there’s so much opportunity in Detroit for young players that a kid with his talent level is going to get an extended chance to stick around this season — and to do so while playing on the power play and in a scoring role offensively. If your league counts goals heavily, he’s also a better finisher than players like Batherson and Texier.

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