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Road to the NHL Draft: Kevin Fiala

By John Vogl

Kevin Fiala

Position: Center

European team: HV 71 (Sweden)

Born: St. Gallen, Switzerland

Measurables: 5-foot-9, 178 pounds

2013-14 stats: 17 games, three goals, eight assists, 11 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 3 (Europe)

Lowdown: Fiala shot up the European rankings by transitioning well from the junior to professional game. He put up 10 goals and 25 points in 27 games with HV 71 Junior, and he fit right in with the big club.

Fiala is all about offense, and he’s had plenty of chances to show what he’s got. The versatile forward, who can play wing, represented the Swiss at the world championships, the world juniors and the under-18 tournament. It was the first time one player competed in all three in the same year since 2003. He’s a pure scorer who is creative on the offensive end.

Fiala’s defensive game is nearly non-existent at this stage. He will need to become more physical to transition from the European game to the North American style.

They said it: “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." – Goran Stubb, European director of NHL Central Scouting.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft, which begins June 27.


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