The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft and the rights of defenseman Brock Faber.
Fiala, 25, joins the Kings after a stellar season in which he set career highs in nearly every statistical category, including goals (33), assists (52), points (85) , games played (82), points per game (1.04), shots on goal (262), winning goals (7) and plus-minus odds (23). He also finished 10th in the NHL with 67 even-strength points. Among all Wild skaters, he tied for the team lead in game-winning goals, ranked second in points and shots, and third in goals, assists and points per game. In six Stanley Cup Playoff appearances this season, he added three assists while averaging 17:36 on the ice, fourth among all Wild forwards.
The 5-foot-10, 205-pound forward was acquired by the Wild on February 25, 2019 from the Nashville Predators. Since arriving in Minnesota, Fiala has led all team skaters in goals (79), assists (107), points (186), games played (215), power play points (53) , game-winning goals (17) and shots (642). ). Originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the first round (11th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he registered 97 points (45-52=97) in 204 career NHL games with the Nashville Predators. 2014 to 2019.
In eight NHL seasons, Fiala had 283 points (124-159=283) in 419 regular season games and added 15 points (9-6=15) in 35 Stanley Cup Playoff appearances. In his NHL playoff debut on April 21, 2015, he became the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to appear in a playoff game at 18 years and 273 days. Among his NHL Draft class, Fiala ranks ninth in goals and 10th in assists and points.
Prior to joining the NHL ranks full-time, Fiala spent three seasons (2014-17) in the American Hockey League with the Milwaukee Admirals, recording 89 points (36-53=89) in 121 appearances . Before moving to North America, he spent two seasons with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League, recording 25 points (8-17=25) in 37 outings.
Internationally, the native of St. Gallen, Switzerland has represented his native country in seven International Ice Hockey Federation events, including four IIHF Men’s World Championships (2014, 2015, 2018 – silver , 2019), two IIHF World Junior Championships (2014, 2015), and one IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship (2014). In 2014, Fiala became the third player in history to skate in an IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship, IIHF World Junior Championship and IIHF Men’s World Championship. in a single season. In 44 matches with the Swiss, Fiala scored 36 points (15-21=36).
Faber, 19, was drafted by the Kings in the second round (45th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft. He skated the past two seasons with the University of Minnesota, recording 26 points (3-23=26) in 59 appearances. Last season, he was named the 2022 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-Big 10 First Team. Internationally, the native of Maple Grove, Minnesota has represented the United States in 2022 Winter Olympics and in 2021 he was part of the 2021 Gold Medalist USA Junior National Team.