EDITOR'S NOTE: The Coyotes added nine prospects to the mix at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft in Sunrise, Fla. Follow along as ArizonaCoyotes.com profiles all nine draft picks. Today's featured player is right wing Christian Fischer.
|Christian Fischer. Photo by Dave Vest |
Position: Right wing
Hometown: Chicago, IL, USA
Round: 2 (32nd overall)
2014-15 team: U.S. Under-18 team
In 2014-15, Fischer, a power forward, ranked fifth on the U.S. Under-18 team with 64 points (31-33—64) in 66 games. His 31 goals placed third on the club behind 2016 NHL Draft prospects Auston Matthews of Scottsdale, and Matthew Tkachuk, son of former Coyotes captain Keith Tkachuk.
• Fischer collected six points (2-4—6) in six games with the U.S. at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, including a goal in the club’s 4-0 win over Team Pacific in the gold medal game. He also won gold with his country at the 2015 Under-18 World Junior Championship, where he posted eight points in seven games (1-7—8).
• During his first season with the United States National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., Fischer lived with Matthew Tkachuk. Each player’s family lived with the pair on a rotating monthly basis.
|Christian Fischer. Photo by Getty Images. |
"The draft is an unbelievable experience. ... Obviously I wanted to go in the first round but in the end I'm happy with where I was taken ... It's pretty much what you do after the draft (that matters). I'm just happy to have all the work pay off today ... Arizona is a nice place." -- Christian Fischer
"I came in as a skill guy but I changed my game to power forward. The two years there (with the U.S. National Team Development Program), they built me up physically and on the ice as well ... They do such a tremendous job producing young talent and developing guys. Look at their track record. It's second to none." -- Christian Fischer
"I play to my power and strength. I'm 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and I use all of it and I protect the puck really well. I think you'll always find me in front of the net, scoring those chippy goals." -- Christian Fischer
"We’ve watched him over the last two years progress and get better and better. He’s got god vision and I think he’s very underrated with what he can do with the puck. He’s strong on the walls. That’s where his game is most effective." -- Coyotes Director of Amateur Scouting Tim Bernhardt
The Fun Facts:
• Fischer set a United States Hockey League record for fastest goal to start a game when he scored six seconds into the first period on March 5, 2015 vs. Omaha. The goal was shorthanded, following a penalty assessed to Team USA during pregame warmup.
• Fischer, who patterns his game after Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild, has committed to the University of Notre Dame for the fall of 2015. His father, Mike, and brother, Michael, both played college hockey in the U.S.
• Fischer knows Arizona pretty well. His mom went to Arizona State University and he's tubed the Salt River.