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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 24: A general view of the first round draft picks board during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 27: Toby Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets defends against Kevin Fiala #22 of the Nashville Predators during the third period of a 4-1 Jets victory in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 27, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN – APRIL 27: Toby Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets defends against Kevin Fiala #22 of the Nashville Predators during the third period of a 4-1 Jets victory in Game One of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on April 27, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

2014: Kevin Fiala and Brendan Perlini

Kevin Fiala | Nashville Predators

Fiala made his start in the NHL during the 2016-17 season. And it wasn’t what you would call a raging success. In 54 games played, Fiala put up 16 points. He added another two points in five playoff games as the Predators ran their way to the Stanley Cup Finals.

After a terrible injury sustained during the second round versus the St. Louis Blues, no one knew how Fiala would come back. He came back better than he left. He tallied 48 points in 80 games in 2017-18.

Fiala still has to prove that he can repeat, but so far so good for the eleventh overall pick in 2014.

Brendan Perlini | Arizona Coyotes

Just like Fiala, Perlini only has two seasons worth of NHL experience. And just like Fiala, Perlini’s first season wasn’t anything to write home about with 21 points in 57 games. In another 17 games this season, Perlini wasn’t much better, putting up 30 points.

To be fair with Perlini he plays in the talent wasteland that is the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes have been selecting in the top half of the draft for years and still can’t put together a winning season.

Whether its an issue with development or scouting, but there’s no question that there’s an issue in Arizona that has nothing to do with attendance.

Fiala, although with just one season looks like a solid NHL player. A good second line type player. Perlini, on the other hand, is at best a third line player. He belongs in the NHL, which I suppose is all you want out of the top line. But taken 12th overall, you got to hope for more.

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