Kevin Fiala

niko

2017-05-30

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Kevin Fiala, LW/RW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-10

Weight: 194

Born: 1996-07-22

Hometown: Switzerland

Drafted: 2014 by Nashville Predators, 11th overall

 

 

Observations:

May 2017 – After a promising start to the playoffs, Fiala was injured in game one against the St. Louis Blues. He had a surgery to repair his fractured left femur. That means he should be ready when the training camp starts, but his summer training will possibly be shorter than usually. During the regular season, Fiala had 16 points, 11 goals and five assists in 54 games played. That’s roughly a 25 points, 173 shots and 67 hits pace, for 82 games. His time on ice and games played increased nicely from last season and should continue to trend in that direction. Advanced stats shows that he can handle the position he was at during the regular season. In the playoffs Fiala scored two goals in five games, including a game winner against the Blackhawks in game three of their first round sweep. His time on ice didn’t drop during the playoffs. Nashville has some UFA’s to sign this summer, including Ryan Johansen. Right now I’m guessing FIala will get a chance to play in the top-six, at least middle-six with secondary powerplay time. Niko Salminen

 

November 2016 – Fiala was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL on Nov. 8. In 10 games with Nashville, he scored two goals and had a minus-1 rating. He played most of his minutes against the top checking lines with Ryan Johansen and Filip Forsberg, but wasn’t deployed on the PP or the PK in his last four games. He did get some PK time in his first six games and a short look on the PP on his two-goal night Oct. 22. The Predators seem to be taking the same approach with him as with many previous prospects in their system.