In a season full of disappointment, there has been a small bright spot on the Arizona Coyotes roster and his name is Christian Fischer. A second round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft, Fischer is a 6’2 214lb power forward with skill, size and playmaking ability. A former US National player (USHL), he has worked his way through the ranks to become a full time NHL player this season.
Before joining the AHL, Christian dominated the OHL with the Windsor Spitfires, racking up 90 points (40 goals, 50 assists) in only 66 games. That is 16 more points than former first round pick Logan Brown (selected 11th overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2016). When Windsor was eliminated from playoff contention in 2016, he was called up to the AHL to play for the Springfield Falcons. While his time was brief, (6 games played), he ended that season with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist). During the 2016 training camp, Fischer struggled to produce and in 7 preseason games he only scored 1 point (an assist). With not much offensive output, the Coyotes sent him down to the AHL to play for the Tucson Roadrunners. This is where Fischer worked on his craft. He lead the team in goals (20) and was second in points (47). In January of 2017, he even earned his first call up to the NHL and scored that same night. Christian also recorded a franchise record of being the first Coyotes player to score goals in his first 2 games played.
Becoming A Regular
After a strong 2016-17 campaign in the AHL and his brief stint in the NHL, Fischer was expected to make the 2017-18 Coyotes opening night roster, which he did. Four points in four preseason games certainly helped his fate. During the first game of the season against Anaheim, Fischer made his 2017 debut count by deflecting a Brendan Perlini shot past John Gibson on the Power Play. Throughout this season, Fischer has played on every line combination imaginable for Arizona. Where he fits best is the question. Currently through 64 games, Fischer has 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists). His 13 goals (tied with Christian Dvorak) are good for 3rd on the team behind Perlini and Clayton Keller.
Arizona has many prospects who may already be owned in Dynasty. Fischer is probably not one of them. If Fischer consistently sees more time in the top six with Domi and Dvorak, his production could be worth an add on your roster in the future (in deeper leagues of course). Currently he is already averaging 2:23 minutes per game on the power play, which normally leads to points. Fischer could benefit your team if your league rewards hits. Throwing around his big frame appears to be one of his assets as he has 83 hits on the season. If you pick up Fischer though, be ready to get hurt in the +/- department. No one on Arizona is fantastic in this area. Fischer currently sits at a -19 on the year.
If you are looking for a “what the heck” add this off-season on your dynasty team, take a look at Fischer. The Coyotes should only get better with the wealth of young talent they have currently in their stable and Fischer could be one of their young guns on the rise.
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