The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is a tough one for Arizona Coyotes fans. After a truly terrible season, the Coyotes lost the lottery and their shot at a generational talent. But it wasn’t all bad, Kyle Capobianco, Adin Hill, and Conor Garland were all drafted in 2015, along with today’s player Christian Fischer.
19/20 League: NHL (Arizona Coyotes)
Games played: 56
Highest rating: 11
Lowest rating: 16
Christian Fischer is the first player in our list of Top 25 Coyotes Under 25 with NHL experience. He has been with the Coyotes full time for the past three seasons and has played in 213 games. Everyone else on our list has the potential to make the NHL, and some are very close, but Fischer has already done it.
Fischer impressed in his first full season with the Coyotes. He and Christian Dvorak were tied for third on the team in goals scored and he seemed like he could be a part of the Coyotes' offense moving forward.
Fischer's role with the team has shifted in the past few seasons. The team has shifted him to a more defensive role, something that hit it's peak this past season when he was played with Brad Richardson and Michael Grabner.
With the new role came diminished usage though. Fischer played in 56 regular-season games last season, his fewest since the 2016-17 season when he was limited to seven games with the Coyotes and spent most of the season in the AHL.
Being played in fewer games and having a different role is going to affect your numbers. Fischer's numbers have been decreasing since his rookie season where he registered 15 goals and 18 assists. This past season he was limited to six goals and three assists.
But despite the reduced usage, when the post-season arrived Fischer played in every game. In 9 games he averaged 11:12 TOI and recorded an assist on Lawson Crouse's goal in the Coyotes' second game.
It will be interesting to see what the future brings for Christian Fischer. New General Manager Bill Armstrong signed him to a two-year, $2 million extension which could be a sign that Armstrong sees a place for him on the team. The Coyotes are going to need more offense in the coming seasons, but there is always going to be a need for defensively reliable players.