December 4, 2023

NHL Swiss Under Watch: Part 1 – “Swiss Devils”: The potential is so great, the expectations are so great – Sports

NHL Swiss Under Watch: Part 1 – “Swiss Devils”: The potential is very high and the expectations are very high – Sports – SRF

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In the first part of our preview series on NHL Switzerland, the focus is on the four New Jersey players and Kings forward Fiala.


A strong duo with the Devils and the national team

Captain Nico Hischier and Timo Meier.

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The new NHL season is in the beginning stages. Up to 14 Swiss players have realistic chances of playing in the best league in the world. 10 of them will start the new season in the NHL.

In a two-part preview series, we take a closer look at the Swiss NHL.

Timo Meier (striker, 26)

*Based on 82 regular season games

Nico Hischier (striker, 24)

  • a team: New Jersey Devils
  • salary: $7.75 million
  • Role: At just 24 years old, the Valais native begins his fourth season as captain of the Devils. Hischier, along with Jack Hughes, forms the face of the Newark franchise. Last season, he set a personal record with 80 points.
  • Points prediction: 75 points top scorer (last season: 80 points / 81 games)

Jonas Siegenthaler (DF, 26)

  • a team: New Jersey Devils
  • salary: $4.25 million
  • Role: After transferring from Washington to New Jersey three years ago, the Zurich native made a name for himself as a reliable defensive back with the Devils. It is very likely that he will start the new season with his first defensive pairing alongside Dougie Hamilton.
  • Points prediction: 25 points scored (21 points/80 games)

Akira Schmid (goalkeeper, 23)

  • a team: New Jersey Devils
  • salary: 867,500 US dollars
  • Role: Emmentaler entered the NHL spotlight when he played big against the New York Rangers in the Round of 16 playoff round last season and helped the Devils reach the next round with an impressive performance. In the 2023/24 season, Schmid is expected to start a season in the NHL for the first time and form a goaltending duo with Vitek Vancic.

Kevin Fiala (striker, 27)

  • a team: Los Angeles Kings
  • salary: $8.125 million
  • Role: In his first season with the Kings, the St. Gallen native met expectations with 72 points in 69 games. Now is the time to confirm this performance and, if necessary, even higher it. Fiala is positioned on the first two lines, and the same is true on the power play.
  • Points prediction: 82 points top scorer (last season: 72 points/69 games)
Kevin Fiala greets his teammates.


He settled well with the Kings

Kevin Fiala (m.) is one of the best forwards in the NHL.

Keystone/AP Photo/Ashley Landis

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