ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators have traded young forward Kevin Fiala to the Minnesota Wild for Mikael Granlund in an attempt to boost both their power play and overall scoring.
Granlund has 18 points on the power play, which is five better than Nashville's best on the man advantage. He ranked second in Minnesota with 49 points, a total that would put him third on Nashville's roster.
Fiala has 32 points in 64 games, and Nashville coach Peter Laviolette moved Fiala up a line the past two games to play with Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen for a final look at what the forward could do before Nashville traded the native of Switzerland away.
Fiala had a career-year season in 2017-18 with 23 goals, 48 points, 13 power-play points and 80 games. But the 11th pick overall in 2014 is minus-11 rating this season.