Miguel Fidler
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Miguel Fidler

Hometown:

Edina Minnesota

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1996-03-17

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2014

Shoots:

left

Drafted:

2014

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

5th round (143rd overall), 2014

Weight:

186 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Miguel Fidler played for the varsity team at Minnesota high school hockey power Edina as a sophomore. In 30 games he scored 6 goals with 12 assists and 42 penalty minutes. The Hornets advanced to the Minnesota State Tournament after capturing the Section 2AA championship with a 6-3 win over Burnsville in the final. Fidler scored 4 goals with 3 assists in three sectional playoff games. He was scoreless in the two state tournament games — a 3-2 loss to Benilde-St. Margaret’s and a 3-2 loss to Duluth East in the consolation tournament. 

2012-13: Fidler skated for Metro Southwest in the Upper Midwest Elite High School League in the Fall before returning to Edina for his junior season. He scored 4 goals with 5 assists during the the UMEHSHL season. Fidler finished the high school season with 8 goals and 7 assists and had 32 penalty minutes in 29 games. Edina once again topped Burnsville (3-2) in the Section 2AA final and defeated Lakeville North and Duluth East in the state tournament before topping Hill-Murray, 4-2, in the championship game. Fidler scored 2 goals with 1 assist in the three sectional games and had a goal against Duluth East in the state tournament. Fidler was selected by the Lincoln Stars in the 15th round (221st overall) of the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.

2013-14: Fidler skated for Team Southwest in the UMEHSHL in the Fall and had a breakout senior season — leading Edina in scoring as the Hornets won their second straight Minnesota AA state championship. In 23 games for Team Southwest he scored 8 goals with 8 assists and 32 penalty minutes. Fidler scored 20 goals with 31 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 32 games for Edina. After defeating Bloomington Jefferson in the Section 2AA championship game the Hornets rolled through Stillwater, Eagan, and Lakeville North in the state tournament. Fidler scored goals in both sectional games and and had 2 goal with 1 assist in the state championship game against Lakeville North. In May he committed to playing college hockey at Ohio State in 2015-16. Fidler was ranked 133rd amongst North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Florida in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.

 2014-15: Fidler played in 15 games for the USHL’s Madison Capitals, scoring twice and adding four assists during the second half of the season. He began the year with the Lincoln Stars but was acquired by Madison for a postseason run. In 45 games with Lincoln, Fidler scored five goals and added 16 assists.

2015-16: Fidler played in 20 games for Ohio State University in his freshman season. Slowed by injuries at the beginning of the year, he score 3 goals with 4 assists and was -3 with 14 penalty minutes. The Buckeyes finished fourth in the Big 10 and defeated Michigan State, 4-3 in overtime, to reach the conference semifinals. Ohio State lost to Minnesota, 4-2, ending the year 14-18-4. 

Talent Analysis

Fidler is a long-range prospect — drafted directly out of Minnesota high school hockey and currently spending a season in the USHL before heading to Ohio State in 2015-16. He is winger who plays on the edge with some moderate scoring ability, but is known more for his agitating style of play. Still maturing physically and in terms of his technical skills and tactical play, Fidler has the large frame and demeanor to fit the "hard to play against" mantra of the Panthers organization.

Future

Fidler battled to find ice time for Ohio State University as a freshman in 2015-16. The Buckeyes have struggled since last reaching the NCAA tournament in 2008-09, finishing with just one winning season since that time. Ohio State played some of its best hockey late in the year and Fidler is one of the underclassmen being counted on to turn things around. His professional potential is still a bit of a mystery.

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