So, what grade do you give a player who scored his first three NHL goals, on his first three NHL shots, in his first four NHL games? When he only played a total of 7 games in the NHL, split between two call-ups?
Last night, Christian Fischer became the 3rd player in #Coyotes history to score 3 goals in first 4 career NHL games (Max Domi, Ramzi Abid).— Jeffrey Sanders (@JeSanders11) March 22, 2017
Well, a B+ seems fitting.
Christian Fischer’s first call-up to the Arizona Coyotes from the Tucson Roadrunners came on January 20, 2017. Fischer truly earned his call-up from the AHL, after playing on a top line with Chris Mueller and Brendan Perlini (during his AHL time). The AHL rookie boasted an impressive 20 goals and 27 assists for 47 points in 57 AHL games.
He was voted the CCM/AHL player of the week in January and led the team in goals. He also scored the first hat-trick in the club’s history. And to top it all off, he was one of two Roadrunners’ representatives that went to the AHL All-Star Game.
Christian Fischer went 4-for-6 in accuracy tonight, was youngest player in AHL ASC, and one of only 10 teenagers to participate since 1995.— Alexander Kinkopf (@AEKinkopf) January 30, 2017
To say that Fischer had a successful first season in the AHL would be an understatement, but it is his NHL performance that we are basing this grade off of, not his performance in the AHL.
In the NHL?
As a player who only got 7 games under his belt, he was honestly very effective. He played second and third line minutes, but Fischer still made an impact and had the opportunity to show off the physical game he had been working on in the AHL.
The previous season, spent with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, Fischer had 40 goals and 50 assists for 90 points in 66 games, not including the 3 points in 5 playoff games.
Normally the transition from the OHL to the AHL and the AHL to the NHL is a rough one for players, especially if it happens in the same year.
But for Fischer?
When he spoke to FFH just before his NHL call-up, he said that he felt like he had always been suited for a more physical game offered by the AHL and NHL. Under Coach Mark Lamb’s supervision in Tucson, Fischer worked on his 200ft game and that work paid off. He was a big body who worked down low and played in front of the net, both in the AHL and NHL.
Fischer plays the typical power forward game – aggressive and offense driven – though he spoke to FFH about being more defensively liable. He took pride in his work on the Roadrunners’ top PK unit and that defensive focus showed at the NHL level as he ended at a 0 on the +/-.
Fischer was impressive during his time with the Coyotes and showed a prime example of what time in Tucson could do for the Coyotes’ top prospects. Many would have liked to see Fischer stay up longer than the seven games he saw, but perhaps it was best that Fischer spent a majority of the season in the AHL where he could fully develop.
It wouldn’t be surprising to see Fischer in a full-time role on the roster next season.
The grades of all the other Coyotes players can be found on our master post here.
What Grade Would You Give Christian Fischer?
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