Thursday, April 27, 2017

Fiala out for Season after Surgery to Repair Femur

Predators' rookie forward Kevin Fiala was coming into his own as a playoff sparkplug for Nashville, but his season has ended in the worst possible way. After last night's scary collision in the second period of the Predators 4-3 win over the Blues at Scotrade Center, Fiala underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured left femur.

Predators GM David Poile gave the following update on the team's website:

"He underwent successful surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and is resting comfortably. He is extremely disappointed that he will not be able to help his teammates in their quest for the Stanley Cup, but is looking forward to starting his rehabilitation upon his return to Nashville. The Predators organization would like to thank the St. Louis Blues Medical Team, especially Head Trainer Ray Barile, Drs. Rick Wright and William Ricci, as well as the nurses and personnel at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital for their outstanding care."

Fiala had 16 points in 54 games in his rookie season with Nashville. He had two goals in the playoffs, including the OT winner in Game 3 of Nashville's four-game sweep over the Blackhawks.