MAJOR | Red Wings place former sixth overall pick on waivers: Canucks send their best wishes

Published July 3, 2023 at 9:42
BY COOPER GODIN
     
The Detroit Red Wings made a bit of a surprising move on Monday afternoon by placing former sixth overall pick Filip Zadina on waivers.

Waivers aren't very common during the summer, so it's a little bit shocking to see this decision. It's unclear at this time if it's just normal waivers or unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout. If it is the latter, the two sides would have to mutually agree to the buyout as the NHL's first buyout window ended on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. However, if it is normal waivers as it appears it likely is, then there will be plenty of interest in Zadina from teams around the NHL, with the Anaheim Ducks getting first dibs at making a claim as they finished 32nd last season.

The 23-year-old Zadina was selected one spot ahead of Quinn Hughes, who was picked seventh overall by the Canucks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Zadina, a native of Pardubice, Czechia, has appeared in 190 career NHL games for Detroit, but certainly hasn't panned out as many had expected. The most points he's put up in a single season so far was 24 back in 2021-22.


As mentioned, the waiver order is determined by the 2022-23 standings in reverse, meaning the lower teams, stating with the Ducks, get the first chance at making a claim. For Allvin and the Canucks, they sit 11th on the waiver order and it seems unlikely that Zadina will make it past the first ten teams without someone making a claim.

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