Kevin Fiala
Image: HV71

Kevin Fiala

Hometown:

Uzwil Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

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.

Probability of Success
  • C

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Fiala has excellent balance and the ability to twist and turn at will. Shifty in his skating, the young Swiss man of Czech descent rarely blows a tire or loses his poise. Strong ability to stay on his skates, and avoid checks and physical contact from opponents. His agility is paramount to the effectiveness of his skill set. Holds onto the puck as if it’s glued to his stick. Very tricky as a dangler, especially when entering the zone with speed, something he can generate within three short steps. Extremely creative and loves to put that on display. Seems to have an uncanny ability to determine when teammates are in close vicinity and find them with the puck. Whether shooting or passing, he can generate an almost slingshot-like motion to accurately send the puck where he wants it to go. His shot has gotten better quickly and he displays good on-goal accuracy with it, be it a wrister or slapshot. A go-to guy with game-breaking skills who is turned to when a goal is required, something he often delivers.

Fiala is still on the small side, he’s used to being an individual dynamo and is far from complete in the all-round, defensive zone game. Hasn’t always been known to stick to the coach’s gameplan. Will have to work on his physical strength along the way, which is the case for most 18-year-olds. Were he a head bigger, people may have been talking about him in a top-3 overall capacity.

 

Future

Fiala could claim a spot with the Predators as early as this fall but with the wealth of young forwards pushing for time in Nashville he could return to Sweden for one more SHL season. The Predators feel they may have forced Filip Forsberg into the lineup too soon last season and don't want to make the same mistake with Fiala but he will play for the Predators if he earns a spot. Long-term he is expected to be a consistent scorer at the NHL level.

 

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