Kevin Fiala: 2014 NHL Top Prospect

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FialaKevin Fiala  — 

League:  SuperElit/SHL     Team:  HV71 

Position:  C/LW     Shoots:  Left

DOB:  July 22, 1996     Birthplace:  Uzwil, SUI

Height: 5’10     Weight:  195

2013-14  SuperElit —  Games: 27   G: 10   A: 15  Pts:  25  PIM: 40   Plus/Minus: na

2013-14  SHL —  Games: 17   G: 3   A: 8  Pts:  11  PIM: 10   Plus/Minus: na  

Kevin Fiala  finished the 2013-14 season playing for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League.

Week 28:  Arizona Hockey Talk’s evaluations of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft top prospects continue today with our featured prospect Kevin Fiala.

Achievements:  

1.  Represented Switzerland at the World U17, Ivan Hlinka U18 and the WJHC U20.

2.  Drafted by the Lincoln Stars in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft

3.  Represented Team Switzerland at the Men’s 2014 World Hockey Championship

Offensive Buzzwords

Kevin Fiala is an offensive forward with high end offensive talent.  He has great hands, controls the puck well and possesses a decent shot.  He has a very good compete level and does not hesitate to go into the tougher areas of the ice.     

Skating

He is a very good skater with better than average speed and agility.  He is very shifty on his skates making him dangerous in one on one situations.    

Highlight package from Swedish TV 4:03

Kevin Fiala #18 

Defensive Buzzwords

Let’s just say Kevin Fiala’s strength is in the offensive zone right now and his defensive game needs improvement and it is definitely a work in progress. 

Prospect Analysis 

Kevin Fiala has an undeniable skill set that may or may not transition to the pro level.  He is gaining a lot of traction lately because of good play in the SHL and in the WHC playing against men.  I think his sample size is too small in these instances and it may be different if he went through the rigors of a full CHL season that included playoffs.  That being said he is an intriguing prospect that will generate a lot of interest come draft time.  I’m not ready to anoint him as a Top 15 prospect but will concede he should definitely be a 1st round selection.  

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