The United States Development Program has produced a number of talents over the years, in a wide range of styles and from a bevy of different backgrounds. The Coyotes turned to that system again, this time taking Christian Fischer, a power forward that plays a rough and tumble style.
“I came in as a skill guy, but changed by game to a power forward,” Fischer said of his two years in the USNTDP where they built him up physically and mentally. “They do such a tremendous job producing young talent, and have a track record that’s second to none.”
Fischer is from the Chicago area, and with a recent surge in youth numbers in the area thanks to the Blackhawks success, Fischer is proud to have brought along his family for the draft experience.
“I’m happy to have all the hard work pay off, there’s a lot of sacrifices made, so it’s good to have my family down here,” he said of the draft weekend.
The next step for Fischer is the University of Notre Dame, where he will be relied upon in a similar role. While he does have the ability to score and make a play or two, Fischer plays to his strengths often.
“I protect the puck well, and you’ll always find me in front of the net,” he said while providing his own quick scouting report.
It may be a few years before the Coyotes call on Fischer for an entry-level contract, but the seeds have been planted if the 2015-16 season goes off the rails in Arizona. With top prospect Auston Matthews, an Arizona native, available in the 2016 NHL Draft, the dream scenario to bring their product home may very well be tangible.
“I’m good friends with Auston Matthews, so I’m familiar with the area,” Fischer said of his few trips to Arizona. “It’s a nice place, it’s pretty warm down there so that’s a positive.”
Kyle Capobianco, D, Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
3rd round, 63rd overall
Height: 6-0 Weight: 160 lbs
One player who made the most of a difficult situation this past season is Kyle Capobianco, who becomes the only defenseman selected by the Coyotes this year. He played on a team that went 12-54-1-1 last year, and while his peripherals don’t look impressive, he was one of the lone bright spots for the Sudbury Wolves. Capobianco blends a unique skating stride with shutdown abilities into a slight frame. He will certainly take some time to develop, but his ceiling is high and with an improved squad around him next season, it will be interesting to see if he can improve upon his 10 goals and 30 assists tallied in 2014-15.
Capobianco met with the media following his selection by the Coyotes, with some of that conversation being included in this HF video.
Adin Hill, G, Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
3rd round, 76th overall
Height: 6-4 Weight: 185 lbs
The first of two goaltenders taken by the club, Adin Hill was an underrated and often overlooked performer behind the Portland Winterhawks’ prolific offense. On a team loaded with talented prospects, Hill rarely was in the spotlight, yet still managed to hold down the starting job in his first full season as a starter in the WHL. Hill uses his size effectively, but sometimes looks awkward getting from post-to-post. He will have an opportunity to smooth things out next season, and he instantly becomes the Coyotes top prospect in goal after the team made the puzzling decision to let Mark Visentin go.
After his selection by the Coyotes, Hill chatted with the media in the draft interview area. His comments from that session are included in this HF video.