Welcome back to The Journey, where we follow hockey prospects and their paths to the NHL, providing fantasy predictions and analysis along the way.
It’s the end of the month again, which means it’s time for another edition of sink-or-swim. We'll examine three former blue-chip prospects whose values have taken a hit and whose futures now seem uncertain. Should you trade them while they still have name recognition or hold until/buy low before they turn things around and get back to their dynamic ways?
Post ideas for future players in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @beegare. Past editions have looked at Kaapo Kakko, Erik Brannstrom, Eeli Tolvanen, Juuso Valimaki, Kailer Yamamoto, Nick Robertson, Cody Glass, Owen Tippett, and Jack Roslovic. This month, the spotlight is on Filip Zadina, Kirby Dach, and David Farrance.
Red Wings fans don't seem ready to give up on Zadina yet, but the guy sure is a lightning rod for strong opinions—both for and against. That'll happen when you're selected 6th overall ahead of Quinn Hughes, Evan Bouchard, Joel Farabee and others who seem more on track to consistency and stardom. Instead of dumping on Zadina, however, Red Wings Twitter seems more annoyed with his inconsistent deployment at the hands of Coach Jeff Blashill.