In the past three NHL Drafts, the Arizona Coyotes have built up their depth on both wings. Among those poised to take the next step on the journey to the NHL is Chicago native Christian Fischer, a well-rounded forward with size, speed, and smarts. Look for Fischer to turn heads for the Coyotes very soon.
#7 - Christian Fischer - Right wing - Windsor Spitfires - 32nd overall pick, 2015 NHL Draft
Highest Rank: 3
Lowest Rank: 14
Christian Fischer benefited from Windsor’s swift exit from the OHL playoffs this year, as he got six games worth of experience at AHL Springfield to end the 2015-16 season. In that time, he had a pair of goals and an assist.
That bodes well for a player that put together consecutive 90 point seasons in major-junior. In his Draft season, Fischer scored 46 times and assisted on 48 goals between the USNTDP and its junior team. He scored 40 times and assisted on 50 goals in 66 games with Windsor the following year.
The Chicago native has to some degree been overshadowed by the player selected just two picks earlier by the Coyotes: Nick Merkley. But Fischer is a more consistent goal scorer than Merkley has been thus far, and is both taller (5’ 11" vs. 6’ 1") and larger (192 vs. 212 pounds).
Furthermore, Fischer is AHL eligible this season by virtue of a quirk in the CHL-NHL agreement. While normally that would all but ensure a young player plays in the AHL to get more time with the team’s professional development staff, Windsor is guaranteed a berth in the 2017 Memorial Cup as the tournament host. The tournament is short, but Fischer would for sure get three games against the best in the CHL.
As problems go, that’s one of the better ones for Fischer to have. The big question is what experience will further his preparedness for the NHL. He has demonstrated a balanced offensive attack that would serve the Coyotes immensely well on the right wing. Whatever path Fischer ends up taking, his time in the NHL is coming soon.