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#29 Dylan Sadowy
Pos: LW
D.O.B.: 4/2/96
From: Brampton, ONT
Height: 6'1
Weight: 195
Shoots: Left
Drafted: 2014 draft 3rd rnd, 81st overall by San Jose (NHL)
Acquired: Trade with San Jose (NHL) 5/26/16
Personal:
Plus: Plays in the hard areas, scoring goals from in the paint... Gritty physical player uses size and strength... Net front presence scores goals in bunches... Exceptional penalty killer using good anticipation... Soft Hands...
Minus: Perception is skating is a bit slow...
Organizational Comments: Red Wings Asst GM - Ryan Martin "We like his grit and competitiveness, coupled with a good skill set. He had two 40-goal seasons in the OHL, so clearly he's got offensive skills. What really stands out is his competitiveness and grit and willingness to block shots and do the little things. He's a guy whose game could translate well to the NHL level because of all the little things he does."
What GRC says: Summer 2016 Sadowy is a gritty player who makes a living scoring goals from the hard areas in front of the net. He has been one of the most productive scorers in the OHL the last couple of years, and has been recognized by the league as one of the top penalty killers as well. He was in the top 10 in all strength testing categories at the NHL combine. He likes the rough going and plays a physical game. His game should translate very well to the professional ranks.
2016-17 2nd half of the season was a write-off for Sadowy. After going scoreless in 18 games in the second half he ended up in the press box and did not see any ice in the postseason. A short stint in the ECHL did not produce any offense or confidence and the rangy winger is in danger of getting lapped by the next round of prospects. Needs to get stronger (something that has already been addressed according to reports from development camp) and play with a little more urgency and desperation to find his way this "season. "
Fall 2017 One of the most improved players on the ice in the prospects tournament and training camp. Sadowy looks to have used last seasons abysmal showing as motivation. The gritty goal scorer looked stronger and was playing with more intensity and engagement. If he can continue to work on bringing his shot to the net, he should break double digits while making an impact at both ends of the ice.
2017-18 After being relegated to the ECHL for the majority of the season, Sadowy finally got recalled to help fill in for the rash of injuries that hit the Griffins toward the end of the year. While he failed to record a point in his time in Grand Rapids, he looked far better than his numbers would indicate. He was feisty and aggressive and did a good job of taking the puck to the net. He also was an irritant to the Griffins opponents as played an abrasive style and seemed to draw a crowd after the whistle. Next year is a big year for him as he needs to take a spot in the AHL and run with it, conventional wisdom says that if he keeps putting in the work, that points will eventually come.
Role: Scoring Winger
Projection: NHL 2nd or 3rd line winger

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Transactions
5/26/16 Acquired From San Jose Sharks (NHL)
5/27/16 Signed 3-yr contract with Detroit (NHL)
10/7/16 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
2/8/17 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
2/14/17 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
2/23/17 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
2/26/17 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
10/1/17 Assigned by Detroit (NHL)
11/20/17 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
2/12/18 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
2/22/18 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
3/7/18 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)
4/2/18 Assigned to Toledo (ECHL)
4/29/18 Recalled from Toledo (ECHL)