Position: Left Wing
2013-14 Team: HV71 (SEL)
From: Uzwil, Switzerland
“As a 17-year-old he played against men and with men in Sweden… He impressed with his explosive skating, great puck-handling skills and overall quickness and speed. He has great offensive instincts and is full of surprises in the offensive zone. He just needs a bit more muscle and strength and some work in his defensive zone.”
– NHL Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb
Along with German prospect Leon Draisaitl, Swiss prospect Kevin Fiala is one of a few draft-eligible players that played for their country at the recent World Championships.
Fiala is ranked No. 28 by the International Scouting services but could go as high as the top-15. He is one of the more mysterious players in this draft class as he could end up as a top-six scorer or he could not have much success in the NHL. The Swiss are getting better at developing NHLers but it still rather hit and miss.
Leading the Swiss in scoring at this year’s World Championships, Fiala moved to Sweden where he could face tougher competition than what he faced at home in Switzerland. This past season, not only did he play for HV71’s junior team, but he played 17 games for the HV71 in which he didn’t look out of place.
Nashville and Phoenix seem like perfect fits as they both need more offense and Fiala could be providing that in a couple years.