The Los Angeles Kings recently acquired forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild for defensive prospect Brock Faber and a draft pick. But what do we know about Fiala and how does he fit into the organization?
Fiala, the 5-foot-10 and 204-pound winger, comes to Los Angeles and immediately fits into the top 6. He is a scoring winger who creates offense and adds excitement on the offensive end. Although he admits he needs to work on his defense, he is a solid, all-around player the Kings were looking for to upgrade the forward position.
He was drafted by the Nashville Predators in the first round (11th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. He was then traded to the Minnesota Wild, where he spent the last couple of seasons. Last season he played all 82 games, scoring, 33 goals and 52 assists for 85 points, and was also a +23. For his career, he has 124 goals and 159 assists for 283 points in 419 games.
He will most likely meet his new teammates and what line he will be playing on in training camp. He brings offensive creativity, energy, and physical play, and is a forward who plays every shift like it is his last.
Kings fans will love to watch him play. Fiala has a non-stop motor and he never stops moving the puck. He has an accurate shot and is always in a scoring area. He will wear #22 for the Kings.
How do you feel about the trade and Fiala as a player? Does he bring what you want to see in a Kings player? Do you think he plays on the first or second line?
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