NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- At just 17 years old, Kevin Fiala sure has a lot of folks trying to figure out his future, both immediate and long term.
The 11th overall pick of the Nashville Predators in last month's NHL draft already carries a heap of expectations that his offensive prowess can be realized sooner then later.
Raising that ante is the hiring of new coach Peter Laviolette, whose presence is to cultivate an offensive approach for a team long suffering in consistent goal production.
"There is no hurry there," Fiala said on Friday, following a developmental camp session being held this week for Predators prospects at Bridgestone Arena. "I mean, I am 17 years old. I'm young. But my goal is NHL. It's my dream."
Just where Fiala, who turns 18 on July 22, ends up this coming season is still a long way from being decided. With offensive skills duly noted, work at the developmental camp will go a long way in determining whether Fiala returns to Sweden to play in the top pro league there,...