ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Paul Fenton on Monday announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired forward Kevin Fiala from the Nashville Predators in exchange for forward Mikael Granlund.
Fiala, 22, has tallied 32 points (10-22=32) and 26 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games with Nashville this season. He set career highs in goals (23), assists (25), points (48), plus-minus rating (plus-20) and shots on goal (187) last season. The 5-foot-10, 193-pound native of St. Gallen, Switzerland, owns 97 points (45-52=97) in 204 career NHL games with the Predators (2014-19). He has collected six points (5-1=6) in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games with Nashville. Fiala became the sixth-youngest player in NHL history to appear in a postseason game on April 21, 2015 (18 years, 273 days). In 2014 with Switzerland, he became the third player to appear in the Under-18 World Championship, World Junior Championship and World Championship all in the same year. The Predators selected Fiala in the first round (11th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
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Granlund, 26, has recorded 49 points (15-34=49) in 63 games with Minnesota this season. He tallied 317 points (93-224=317) in 461 career games with the Wild (2012-19) and notched 21 points (8-13=21) in 39 career Stanley Cup Playoff matches. Minnesota selected Granlund in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Minnesota plays at the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports North and KFAN 100.3 FM.