First it was veteran center Mike Ribeiro. Then free agent Derek Roy. Later it was fourth round pick Viktor Arvidsson. Now it’s first rounder Kevin Fiala.
It’s been a busy day for General Manager David Poile and the Nashville Predators.
After a strong showing in development camp, the Preds hooked their most recent top pick with a three-year entry-level deal that, hopefully, will persuade him to play in North America this season.
The St. Gallen, Switzerland native played in Sweden last year and really impressed.
“I think it was the perfect decision to move to Sweden and play there because I wasn’t very big and I thought I could improve on my dream if I moved there,” he said moments after being drafted. “Everyone believed in me and I played on the A-team right after the U20 World Championship and I’m pretty happy with how my season went.”
Assuming he plays on this side of the Atlantic, could Fiala actually play with the big club?
“I’ve heard some people say ‘Kevin Fiala may be able to ...