With their fifth round pick, 143rd overall the Florida Panthers have selected Miguel Fidler, left winger out of Edina, Minnesota. Part of back-to-back state championship teams with Edina, Filder increased his point production output by 30-points, despite only playing two more games.
In 25-games, Fidler scored 16-G, and registered 25-assist for 41-points. He will play with the Lincoln Stars of the USHL next season before joining the college ranks with the Ohio State Buckeyes.
He is known as a scrappy player who can blend some skill with an aggressive, physical style of play who fights for pucks along the boards. He doesn’t always put the same effort when he doesn’t have the puck in the defensive zone and there is some worry about his scoring translating to the next levels.
As a long term project, Fidler will be an interesting prospect to keep an eye on going forward. If he continues to blend the grit with a little bit of scoring, the Panthers will be glad to save a bottom-6 role for a player like Fidler.
The Panthers will have one last pick, again barring trade, in the seventh round which is pick number-182 overall.