Kevin Fiala
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Kevin Fiala

Hometown:

Uzwil Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1996-07-22

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (11th overall), 2014

Weight:

195 lbs.

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History

2010-11: Kevin Fiala skated for the ZSC club in Zurich, Switzerland — competing for the club’s U17 team as a 14-year-old and dominating in U15 play. He scored 10 goals with 10 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 25 games for ZSC’s U17 team and added 2 assists in seven playoff games. In 23 games with ZSC’s U15 team Fiala scored 44 goals with 38 assists and had 46 penalty minutes.

2011-12: Fiala won an Elite Junior B championship with ZSC’s U20 team and was the leading scorer for the club’s U17 squad. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 8 penalty minutes in seven regular season junior games and scored 3 goals with 2 assists and 18 penalty minutes in four playoff games. Fiala scored 34 goals with 18 assists and 98 penalty minutes in 28 games for the ZSC U17 team. The league’s best team during the regular season, ZSC lost to Kloten in the Elite Novizen finals. Fiala scored 6 goals with 8 assists and 24 penalty minutes in eight playoff games. He scored 14 goals with 6 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 16 games for Switzerland’s U16 team.

2012-13: Fiala played for Switzerland in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in August before heading to Sweden to skate for Malmo in the SuperElit junior league. He played internationally for Switzerland at the U18 and U17 levels. In 36 games for Malmo’s U20 team (including three playoff games) he scored 9 goals with 19 assists and was -8 with 30 penalty minutes. Fiala skated in nine regular season games and four playoff contests with Malmo’s U18 team; scoring 10 goals with 7 assists and finishing +8 with 32 penalty minutes. He scored 3 goals and was +1 with 2 penalty minutes in four games at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and had 3 assists and 2 penalty minuets in three games at the U17 Europe Youth Olympic Festival. In 20 international games for Switzerland he scored 8 goals with 7 assists.

2013-14: Fiala skated in his second Ivan Hlinka tournament in August, made an impressive SHL debut with HV71 in his second season in Sweden, and played for Switzerland in the 2013 World Championship and the U20 and U18 world tournaments. He scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was minus-2 with 10 penalty minutes in 18 SHL regular season games and was +5 with 1 goal, 5 assists and 14 penalty minutes in eight playoff games for HV71. Skating for the club’s U20 team he scored 10 goals with 15 assists and was +10 with 40 penalty minutes in 27 games. Fiala had 2 assists and was +3 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games at the World Championship in Belarus. He scored 1 goal with 4 assists and was -2 with 6 penalty minutes at the U20 tournament in January and was the sixth-leading scorer among all skaters at the U18 worlds with 4 goals and 5 assists in five games; finishing +4 with 8 penalty minutes. Fiala scored 2 goals and had 12 penalty minutes at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. He was ranked third amongst International skaters in the Central Scouting’ final rankings and was selected by Nashville in the first round (11th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Fiala signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Predators in July 2014. 

 2014-15: Fiala made his NHL debut in March as an 18-year-old in an eventful season that began in Sweden and included skating for Switzerland in the 2015 World Juniors and World Championship tournaments. He had no points nor penalties and was -1 in 11:25 minutes of ice time in a March 24th game against Montreal in his only regular season game with the Predators. He played in Game 4 of Nashville’s first round playoff series against the Blackhawks,  finishing -1 with two shots on goal in 11 minutes of ice time. Fiala began the year with HV71 in Sweden’s SHL, joining Nashville AHL affiliate Milwaukee in January following the World Juniors. He score 5 goals with 9 assists and was -3 with 14 penalty minutes in 20 games for HV 71. Fiala score 1 goals with 9 assists and was -5 with 18 penalty minutes in 33 AHL games with the Admirals. He scored 1 goal with 2 assist and had an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in six games for Switzerland at the World Championship. Switzerland finished eighth, falling 3-1 to the USA in the quarterfinals. Switzerland’s U20 team finished ninth in the 2015 WJC, edging Germany to avoid relegation. Fiala scored 4 goals with 1 assist and was +6 with 16 penalty minutes in six games. 

Talent Analysis

Fiala has excellent balance and the ability to twist and turn at will. Shifty in his skating, he rarely blows a tire or loses his poise. He is strong on his skates and avoid checks and physical contact from opponents. Fiala's agility is paramount to the effectiveness of his skill set. He holds onto the puck as if it’s glued to his stick and is very tricky as a dangler, especially when entering the zone with speed; he can accelerate with three short steps. Fiala is creative and loves to put that on display. He has an uncanny ability to determine when teammates are in close vicinity and finds them with the puck. Whether shooting or passing, he uses a slingshot-like motion to accurately send the puck where he wants it to go. His shot has good on-goal accuracy with it, be it a wrister or slapshot. Fiala is a go-to guy with game-breaking skills who is turned to when a goal is required, something he often delivers.

Fiala's lack of size is a challenge but he uses it to advantage by being a dynamo and taking advantage of his agility. His defensive game is a work in progress and he can deviate from the script at times. Lacks physical strength, which should improve as he matures.

Future

Fiala could claim a spot with the Predators in 2015-16 after seeing brief action at the end of last season. With the success enjoyed by fellow Swedish junior hockey product Filip Forsberg last year in Nashville, the expectations are similar for Fiala. HIs game is not yet complete and he will have to earn the trust of Predators' head coach Peter Laviolette in training camp. Long-term his skill set fits nicely with the style the Predators want to play.

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