In a rather surprising move late this afternoon, the Predators announced that 2014 First Round Draft Pick, Kevin Fiala would be assigned to Nashville’s farm team, the Milwaukee Admirals. This news comes on the heels of Nashville announcing that former 2012 draft pick, Mikko Vainonen had been reassigned to SaiPa of SM-Liiga (of Finland). Vainonen has been spending most of his time on the ECHL level with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Check his story here, provided by Admirals Roundtable. Whether those two moves have anything to do with one another, I am not the judge of that, but it is still very interesting, to say the least. One may throw out the fact that tomorrow is the international transfer deadline; yea, that could very well be it.
Here’s an excerpt from the official press release from the Predators about Mr. Fiala:
Fiala, 18 (7/22/96), posted 14 points (5g-9a) in 20 games for HV-71 this season, tied for the fourth-most goals and assists, and sixth-most points among SHL junior players. The 5-10, 180-pound winger also represented Switzerland at the 2015 World Junior Championship, being named one of the nation’s three best players for the tournament while tying for fifth among all skaters in goals (4g-1a-5pts, 6gp).
In 2013-14, Fiala was a finalist for the 2014 Swedish Hockey League Rookie of the Year Award after tying for the lead in points among all under-18 SHL players with 11 (3g-8a) in 17 games for HV71. The 13th overall selection in the 2014 Draft represented his homeland at the World Junior Championship, Under-18 World Championship and World Championship in 2014, becoming just the third player ever to participate in all three tournaments in the same year (Andrei Kostitsyn and Vadim Karagan, Belarus in 2003).
The young left-winger just about made the team during training camp, so it would not be surprising to see him lace up for the Predators sometime this season.