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2014 1st Round Pick (#11 Overall) - Center - Kevin Fiala - (Signed ELC)

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07-09-2014, 10:10 AM
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If that's his goal, why not shoot for Milwaukee if he can't make the NHL team? Why go back to the SHL?
because playing in the SHL is probably as good as the AHL and doesnt start the clock on his ELC

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because playing in the SHL is probably as good as the AHL and doesnt start the clock on his ELC
It would also mean he is closer to home and at his age that is probably a good thing.

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Fiala said he wants to make the team this year. And considering he's played against men the last year in the SHL and Worlds. With his skill, talent, and need for offense I wouldn't be surprised if he got a few game stint to start the season.
I wouldn't mind it. He seems determined.

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Fiala said he wants to make the team this year. And considering he's played against men the last year in the SHL and Worlds. With his skill, talent, and need for offense I wouldn't be surprised if he got a few game stint to start the season.
I wouldn't mind it. He seems determined.

http://predlines.com/2014/07/09/kevi...ts-sights-nhl/
hell ya.

hope he does get a few games in to make a case.

so many good forwards coming into this years development/training camp

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hell ya.

hope he does get a few games in to make a case.

so many good forwards coming into this years development/training camp
I know it.
I'm also gonna keep an eye on Salomaki. Love his game and think he could be great on bottom 2 lines this year

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I know it.
I'm also gonna keep an eye on Salomaki. Love his game and think he could be great on bottom 2 lines this year
agreed on salomaki, hardworker who should fight for a spot out of camp

I wanna see what Leipsic is made of, could be dynamite for us

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A lot of these guys will have a much better shot next year when

This is a must prove season for Bourque and Wilson.

Fisher is a UFA
Cullen is a UFA
Jokinen is a UFA

Smith and Jarnkrok are both also in their last year before RFA status but IMHO both are safe

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The good thing about Fiala and his chance at making the team is that there is one. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that while not being tall he isn't a light weight either. At 5'11" and 195 lbs he has the size to play in the NHL now. He probably won't make it this year though but you just never know.

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The Fisher injury DOES open up a little roster space. I think there are two spots up for grabs right now - a top-six winger and a middle-six center or wing (depending on where Jokinen plays).

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How does Fiala compare to fellow SUI born Sven Baertschi? Similar upsides?

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I hope Fiala's upside is much higher....

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How does Fiala compare to fellow SUI born Sven Baertschi? Similar upsides?
I think Fiala's got much upside cause he's playing with men before his 18th birthday. The two assists Fiala made during the WC in Minsk were beauties. His hockey IQ seems to be better than Baertschi's.

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How does Fiala compare to fellow SUI born Sven Baertschi? Similar upsides?
Fiala is probably more robust as a body, and makes very unexpected passes.
Both have a very high game awareness.

The upside of Baertschi is being questioned now since he didn't really succeed in his first NHL year. He will clearly have a new chance this year.

Both are impact players, meaning that when they play with a line, the line is better and scores more.

Both have about the same upside. Will they fulfill their potential ? their lies more the question mark and obviously Fiala already did a big step by playing effectively in SHL in an unexpected fast manner. We will see how his development will go. And, to address the question, how the development of Baerstschi will roll out remains to be seen after a bad start last year and a relatively good finish in AHL.

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I like him better than Baertschi already, of course the fact that he is a Pred helps a bit. I just hope the Preds don't rush this kid..

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I like him better than Baertschi already, of course the fact that he is a Pred helps a bit. I just hope the Preds don't rush this kid..
Have we ever rushed a forward prospect?

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Have we ever rushed a forward prospect?
Legwand, Hartnell?

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Legwand, Hartnell?
Legwand played a full year of juniors after he was drafted.

Hartnell did get pushed, he started the next season after being drafted but was pretty physically mature for his age. I don't remember anyone thinking he should have spent another season in juniors.

He did have a rough season in his first season but completely responded his second season with 41 points. So I don't think he was rushed or pushed too early.

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Legwand played a full year of juniors after he was drafted.

Hartnell did get pushed, he started the next season after being drafted but was pretty physically mature for his age. I don't remember anyone thinking he should have spent another season in juniors.

He did have a rough season in his first season but completely responded his second season with 41 points. So I don't think he was rushed or pushed too early.
Don't you think either or both of them would have done better with a year or two in Milwaukee?

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Have we ever rushed a forward prospect?
Mr. Craig Smith? I'll never forget Poile raving about him at the SOTU, and saying they were trying to convince him not to spend another season in college.

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Mr. Craig Smith? I'll never forget Poile raving about him at the SOTU, and saying they were trying to convince him not to spend another season in college.
Smith was drafted out of the USHL in 2009, and spent the next 2 seasons in college hockey. He was 22 years old when he made it to the NHL.

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Don't you think either or both of them would have done better with a year or two in Milwaukee?
No, because I don't think most scoring line players need to spend much time in the AHL.

I think Trotz wanted everyone to spend 2 or 3 seasons in the AHL.

I think most scoring line forwards are ready for the NHL by the time they're 21.

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Just saw Kevin Fiala & Viktor Arvidsson's shootout goals at development camp ... niiiiiice is about all I can say about them.

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No, because I don't think most scoring line players need to spend much time in the AHL.

I think Trotz wanted everyone to spend 2 or 3 seasons in the AHL.

I think most scoring line forwards are ready for the NHL by the time they're 21.
Agreed. Look at players like Lemiuex, Bure, Ovechkin, Stamkos, Getzlaf and Malkin. All of them had their best scoring seasons in their early 20s. Hell, Crosby's best scoring season to date was before he even turned 20. Gretzky's two best scoring seasons were at 21 and 25 years old.

Scoring forwards should spend less time developing in the AHL, if they spend any time there, because their skills are more likely to peak earlier. Defensemen and goalies need to spend more time developing in college or minors because those positions tend to see guys excelling at later ages.

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Fiala signed.

Most likely will be in NA this season!! YEEE

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Could he play in Milwaukee or due to some rules, he should play in NHL or WHL ?

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