2018 Draft Prospect Profile: Filip Zadina
He’ll be gone before the Jackets pick, but Zadina could be the next big Czech sniper in the NHL
Position: Left Wing
Team: Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL
Date of Birth: November 27, 1999
Birthplace: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Height: 6 feet 1 inch
Weight: 192 pounds
I had the pleasure of watching the next great Mooseheads Euro pick in Zadina this year, following in the footsteps of Nico Hischier, Nikolaj Ehlers, Timo Meier and Jakub Voracek. Zadina did not have the flash of some of his predecessors, but he was certainly one of the most complete high-end players in recent years.
He has a pro shot, and plays a two-way game. If he goes 3rd overall to the Canadiens, they’ll get a scoring winger who could play as soon as next season.
Here is his scouting report from Curtis Joe, Elite Prospects:
Filip Zadina is a dynamic offensive forward that plays a complete game. A deft and agile skater, he exhibits explosive mobility both up and down the ice. In all three zones, he proactively looks to create problems for the opposition. His awareness is indicative of his high level of hockey sense, and he knows how to make plays and scoring chances materialize. Has a goal scorer’s toolbox, complete with the individual puck skills that one comes to expect from today’s elite offensive players. The accurate release on his shot is noteworthy and is a defining aspect of his offensive capabilities. Defensively sound, he disrupts lanes and pressures the opposition to make hasty decisions; he is tenacious in pursuit of puck control and transitions up-ice naturally. All-in-all, Zadina can be categorized as both a two-way forward with a well-rounded game and a dominant offensive force.
And here is his scouting report from Future Considerations:
Zadina is a dangerous goal-scorer in the making…is a strong and balanced skater…makes plays with his feet and hands…is able to dangle with the puck through defenders in the tightest areas of the ice and create chances out of nothing…has an offensively creative mind and imagination, and isn’t shy to try whichever move comes to mind…sets his teammates up with smart passes…very good hockey sense…has an absolutely lethal shot, great release…gets himself into excellent position to get his shots off….likes to come down the wing with speed and cut to the middle for a chance, as he gets the goalie moving and opening up holes…he possesses a nifty backhand that he needs very little time and space to deposit when working around the crease…slides into board battles undetected to find and scoop up pucks to drive possession…very sneaky player who always seems to end up in a scoring position with the puck…great poise with the puck and calm under pressure…offensive dynamo…certainly has the potential to develop into a top-end player at the NHL level.
57GP / 44G / 38A / 82PTS / 36PIM